Friday 27 April 2012

Reading's Roads

Reading's Conservatives are keen to get our town's roads moving.  In the year our Conservative-led administration was in charge of Reading Borough Council our achievements included:
    Location of removed build-out marked in red
  • Took out the unnecessary build-out near RBH on London Road enabling better traffic flow
  • Began taking out unnecessary traffic lights, eg junctions of Westfield & Gosbrook Roads and Meadway/Conwy/Hardwick Roads
  • We scrapped Labour's schemes to remove the roundabouts and replace with traffic lights at Caversham Bridge,  TGI and Norcot Road roundabouts, saving approximately £3.5 m
  • We scrapped Labour's plans to close the Chatham Street slip roads, create a new one-way system and install a new traffic lighted junction on the IDR
  • We protected the budget for Readibus which serves the mobility impaired across Reading
  • We doubled the amount of cycle parking in the town centre and increased the number of motorbike bays
  • New cycle lanes were created with more planned

Below is the record of the current & previous Labour administrations:

  • Failed plan to turn IDR one-way: Wasting over £1 million of public money on the investigations alone
  • Notorious Shinfield Road traffic lights scheme: £1.2 million and rising
  • Removal of A33/Rose Kiln Lane roundabout and installation of traffic lighted junction - £950,000
  • Plans to install traffic lights in place of TGI, Caversham Bridge and Norcot Road roundabouts - yet more public money wasted
  • No proper cycle lane network in their decades of power

On Thursday 3rd May Reading's residents get to choose between supporting the Conservative's proven track record of helping reduce congestion and encouraging more to cycle: or letting Labour waste yet more public money on their hair-brained schemes.  The choice is yours.