Royal Berkshire Hospital parking issues addressed

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A park-and-ride scheme for staff and patients at the Royal Berkshire Hospital is being considered by Reading Borough Council.

The idea is one of several being looked at, in an attempt to solve parking problems for residents around the hospital and university area.

In response to a consultation, many local people suggested a residents' parking scheme in individual streets.

The second round of a consultation is now under way.

Other main issues raised by residents included congestion, speeding and the need for more pedestrian facilities.

Councillor Tony Page said: "Residents' parking schemes have proved effective and popular in Reading and already benefit residents in many areas of the town.

"If local residents in the university and hospital area support the principle of introducing a residents' parking scheme we will do further work in preparing detailed proposals for later consultation.

"Other measures, which could help address issues already raised by residents, include the introduction of an area-wide 20mph zone, new and re-engineered pedestrian crossings, and improving cycling and pedestrian routes."

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