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Mass Rapid Transit

A 2020 vision for the Reading urban area

  • Reading, United Kingdom

    Reading, United Kingdom

Transport strategies support strong economic growth

Back in 1999, in partnership with Reading Borough Council, we created a 2020 vision for the Reading urban area that identified a transport strategy to support strong economic growth and reduce reliance on car travel.

Reading’s Transport Strategy includes a fast-track public transport solution to connect park-and-ride sites to the town centre and stations. We were commissioned to prepare a full business case for phases 1 and 2 of the scheme, and the project was awarded £4.5M by Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). We then secured a further £10.1m of Local Growth Deal Fund for Phases 3 and 4 of the South MRT, alongside securing £19.1M for East MRT, which unfortunately did not receive planning approval from the neighbouring authority.

We designed and project managed the construction of the phases of South MRT. This included the introduction of a southbound bus lane by widening the existing carriageway and the addition of a dedicated lane, overcoming challenges to construct the new bus lane close to an existing watercourse while maintaining the ecological habitat.

With this transport strategy in place, the route has improved journey times and reliability of service, and Reading commuters can now reduce their reliance on car travel and can commute into the city in a faster more environmentally friendly way.

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