Changes for buses could be coming to Reading town centre

Adaptations to where buses will stop have been proposed as part of the redevelopment of Jackson’s Corner.

The building is undergoing a transformation from being a historic department store into three restaurants on the ground floor and flats on the upper floors.

Jackson’s Corner currently has two bus shelters along the east-west route in King’s Road.

Plans being considered by the council show the bus shelters being shifted eastward to allow a loading bay to be created.

Additionally, a new bus shelter is proposed outside Reading Central Library.

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As well as that, the traffic flow in Abbey Square could be changed.

Currently, the one-way street runs in a counter-clockwise direction.

The proposal being considered by the council would see Abbey Square run clockwise for traffic instead.

That would facilitate another loading bay in the place of two disabled parking spaces, which would be replaced further up Abbey Square.

Reading Chronicle: Proposed changes to buses and kerbs at Jacksons Corner in Reading town centre. Credit: MilestoneProposed changes to buses and kerbs at Jacksons Corner in Reading town centre. Credit: Milestone

These changes can only be made following a statutory consultation which has to be launched by Reading Borough Council.

The council is set to discuss the changes and approve a statutory consultation at a meeting of its traffic management sub-committee on Wednesday, June 14.

If there are no objections to the changes, the council’s assistant director of legal services will be given the power to seek a traffic regulation order needed to implement them.

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