Welcome back to Reading town centre

New measures in the town to help visitors access and navigate the town centre easily and safely whilst respecting social distancing. These include:

  • A number of pedestrian one-way systems, including on Union Street, Oxford Road by Broad Street Mall, Station Road and the station subway
  • Barriers to direct on-foot visitors at pinch points such as bus stops
  • Painted lines in public areas to help shoppers maintain social distancing measures
  • A disinfectant clean March, to be followed by a second in late June of over 39,000 square feet of public space
  • Cleaning teams out every day to ensure the town centre remains as clean as possible
  • You can also rest assured that if you need any support while visiting Reading, there will be help at hand:
    • Two Reading BID (Business Improvement District) wardens will be on duty during business hours to offer support and information
    • Three or more pastors will be in attendance from 10am until 2pm on weekdays
    • PCSOs and extra special constables will also be drafted into town centre as part of a co-ordinated team approach between Reading Borough Council, Reading UK and Thames Valley Police

Observing the new measures

If you are planning on heading into the town centre, please respect the new c65e7867 5873 4bc4 b41c 27ca823166a3measures in place. If possible, please bring your own hand sanitiser to complement stations which will be provided by a number of businesses. Please also make use of the hand washing facilities which will be available at Reading’s public toilets (St Martin’s Precinct, Caversham Court, Meadway Precinct, Cemetery Junction, Albert Hall, and the Town Hall urilift).

How should I travel into the town?

Visitors are encouraged to walk or cycle into the town, avoiding public transport where at all possible. To help, Reading Borough Council is making a number of changes, such as some one-way systems and additional space available for pedestrians and cyclists.

Cars - Visitors are asked to follow government advice - avoid using public transport where possible and think carefully about the times, routes and ways to travel so everyone has more space to stay safe. Reading Borough Council car parks will be open for those unable to get in on foot or by bike.

Buses - Services have increased since 1st June for those without alternative travel means, but with reduced capacity on each bus to observe social distancing. Visitors are advised to use contactless payment and wear face masks on the bus.

Trains - Services are increasing to Saturday levels, but visitors are asked to only travel by train if they have to.


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