Construction of the new Thames Valley Park (TVP) Park and Ride started this week, which is designed to help reduce congestion and improve access to Reading along the A4 corridor.
With the A4 London Road as one of the main route for vehicles travelling to Reading town centre, this new park and ride is aimed at people getting to work in central Reading and so help reduce peak time congestion.
Located south of the River Thames, and west of the Thames Valley Business Park, it will be served by the existing Thames Valley Park Bus shuttle service which operates between the business park and Reading town centre. It is due to be finished this autumn.
It was granted planning permission in November 2016 and is funded by a Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) grant plus private sector contributions. It will have 258 parking spaces (including six disabled ones), two bus stops, a bus shelter, plus space for motorcycle and cycle parking.
“Wokingham Borough Council is committed to improving our transport network and reducing congestion,” said Cllr Julian McGhee-Sumner, Leader of Wokingham Borough Council. “Working with Reading Borough Council, we have already implemented a range of schemes that have had considerable success in alleviating congestion and encouraging people to use more sustainable transport. The TVP Park and Ride will be another welcome addition.”
These previous schemes include the Mereoak Park and Ride on the A33, and Winnersh Park and Ride on Wharfedale Road.
The TVP Park and Ride is separate from the East Reading Mass Rapid Transit Route. The planning application for this was refused by Wokingham Borough Council last year. Reading Borough Council is now working with residents to find alternative options to improve sustainable travel and reduce congestion.