A Better Transport Infrastructure for Reading
Since the General Election in 2010, the Conservatives have tirelessly lobbied the Government to secure funding for modernisation of Reading’s Rail Station and parts of the road infrastructure around it. Part of the victory was securing £850m to redevelop Reading Rail station and the Cow Lane Bridges, and also to build a cycle and pedestrian bridge over the new railway line development.
Part of the redevelopment project involved replacing the Cow Lane bridges to allow two lanes of traffic, a cycle lane and a pavement under the new bridges. The first phase of the works involved replacing the southern bridge. With this work complete, this has helped the flow of traffic and will eventually mean that double – decker buses will be able to use the route.
We also began removing unnecessary traffic lights as part of a Borough-wide review and froze short term car parking charges at all town centre car parks and froze all charges in Tilehurst
Boosting Social Housing and Home Owners
The Conservative-led Coalition delivered the first social housing in Reading for 20 years and, working with local MP Alok Sharma, helped to deliver a £3.7 million commitment from the Housing and Communities Agency to support the creation of 76 new affordable homes in the later stages of the Dee Park regeneration scheme. We are also supporting the "right to buy discount".
Investing in Education
The Conservative-led Coalition on the Council delivered vital new school places at Wilson Primary as well as the Avenue Special School, and backed the All Saints Free School, and backed the All Saints Free School with the support of local MP Alok Sharma.
Many of our schools in west Reading have benefited greatly from the Conservative-led Government's introduction of the £2.5 billion Pupil Premium with extra per pupil funding for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.