Reading’s Local Transport Strategy – online Q&As on 26 May 2020

Article date
19 May 2020
Primary interest
Government and Politics

Reading Borough Council will host a live online question and answer session at 6pm on Tuesday 26 May, as part of an ongoing consultation on its new Local Transport Strategy (LTS). Residents, businesses and organisations across Reading who hold an interest in the future of transport in the town and who have an opinion on how RBC should tackle poor air quality and congestion, or who have questions about how the council is preparing for changes in travel behaviour as a result of the current health emergency, are being invited to submit questions in advance.

Submit your questions in advance

Questions will be selected and put to a panel on the night. The panel will include Tony Page, Lead Councillor for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport, and Adele Barnett-Ward, Chair of the Cleaner Air & Safer Transport Forum. Those watching live will also have the opportunity to post questions on the night and have them submitted to the panel during the event. Time constraints may mean not all questions will be answered on the night, but a Q&A will be published on the RBC website in the days that follow, answering as many of the most frequently asked questions as possible.

Joining the Q&A session

Next week’s live event will be hosted by Giorgio Framalicco, Reading Council’s Deputy Director of Planning, Transport & Regulatory Services. It begins at 6pm. It can be accessed by Microsoft Teams and via a link which will be posted nearer the time on the Council’s social media channels and at www.reading.gov.uk/asktransportrdg.  Microsoft Teams is free and easy to use. You can watch via your browser, or download the free app. The event will also be recorded and available on demand after the event via the council’s news YouTube channel.

The event will also include:
  • A brief presentation on the Transport Strategy vision and objectives, including an outline of potential initiatives for Reading.
  • A discussion around the impact of Covid-19 on transport, traffic levels and the impact on Reading’s environment.
  • Information about options to re-allocate road space in parts of Reading to make walking and cycling easier and safer.

About the Local Transport Strategy Consultation

The Reading Transport Strategy 2036 contains a series of schemes and initiatives to combat the poor air quality and congestion affecting parts of the town. When finalised it also aims to take into account the long term effect of the Covid-19 outbreak on society, the local economy, the environment and on people’s travel and work behaviour.

  • You can read the draft LTS strategy in advance of the event at  www.reading.gov.uk/transport2036 and have your say, either before or afterwards. The closing date for comments is Sunday 30 August 2020. All responses will then be taken into account before the final Reading Transport Strategy is adopted in the winter.
  • Consultation of the LTS 2036 also sits alongside consultation on the Reading Climate Change Partnership’s new Reading Climate Emergency Strategy. This can be found at www.reading.gov.uk/climateconsultation and the closing date for comments is 31 May 2020.
  • Full details of the Council’s road reallocation schemes can be found in the 18 May 2020 Policy Committee Report.