Tunnel linking Reading to be opened

Napier Road in Reading Image copyright Google
Image caption Residents have to walk to Reading Station to cross the railway line

A tunnel linking a residential area to Reading town centre is to be opened, cutting a mile off the route to the town for people who live there.

The underpass, between Napier Road and the town centre, is on Network Rail land but Reading Borough Council has agreed a deal to open it to the public.

Council engineers will install street lighting and a pedestrian crossing on the road, later in the summer.

The route will be open to pedestrians and cyclists.

Currently, people who live in Napier Road and Luscinia View have to walk to the Vastern Road bridge at Reading station to cross the railway line.

The new path will also provide a link to the River Thames and Caversham from the town centre.

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