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Anger over 30mph speed limit drop at Portman Rd

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As we mentioned back in September, Portman Rd has reduced the speed limit


Reading west motorists are angered by the Reading Council’s decision to lower the speed limit at Portmand road, where the 40mph limit has been replaced by a 30mph limit.

All the 40mph signs located at Portmand road has been removed but not replaced with 30mph which is giving drivers mixed messages about the correct speed limit on the road causing many being fined.

Some drivers have expressed concern there is no indication the speed limit has changed or signs highlighting the changes.
why wasn’t the temporary signage put up when the 40 signs taken down?
Allowing time for drivers to adjust?? So, why was there a police speed camera on Portman Road yesterday??

How are people supposed to know this who don’t have social media to say so? It’s a very confusing situation… what exactly is the time allowed for adjustment? What speed are the camera’s enforcing? In my view this transition has been very poorly organised.

@ReadingCouncil so it would appear that you delightful bunch have reduced Portman Road from a 40mph limit to a 30mph limit. Where are the signs on the road indicating that this has changed? That is proper sneaky!!!! There’s a reason everyone has such a low opinion of you lot

A council spokesman previously told us: “Portman Rd is now the national urban speed limit of 30mph, by virtue of the fact the 40mph signs have been removed. Only limits other than 30 are signed in urban areas. We will however put temporary signage in shortly. As with any speed change, time allowed for drivers to adjust.

As of today we have not seen any temporary signage at Portman Rd.

As another motorist told us this transition has been very poorly organised.”

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The millions of pounds of parking profits Reading Council has made in just one year

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Many local authorities see drivers as a “wallet on wheels”, and has accused some councils of using parking fees to plug budget gaps according The AA.
The new figures from Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government data may seems to verify that statement.

Berkshire authority Total expenditure Total income Net income
Reading £3,623,000 £8,230,000 £4,607,000

Reading council raked in more than £4 million in parking profits last year.

Off-street parking, such as council-run car parks, made the most profit last year, at £2.7 million.

The rest came from on-street parking.

Total income from both on- and off-street parking activity was £8.2 million in 2018-19.

Total expenditure was £3.6m. Additionally, councils may incur interest payments or depreciation on their capital assets such as car parks, though this is not accounted for in these official figures.

The difference between the two – £4.6m – is the surplus or profit.

This is 6% more than the £4.0m made in the previous financial year (2017-18). It is also 11% higher than the £782m surplus that the councils themselves had budgeted for.

Parking charges in Reading went up this year, as the council took back control of eight car parks from operator NCP.

Reading Borough Council is also ending free parking in various streets around the town, which has been met with chagrin by drivers.

And it issued a total of 48,240 penalty charges in 2018/19.

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Changes to residency checks at the Recycling Centres as of February 2020

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Make sure to bring proof of residency when visiting re3 Recycling Centres
As of 1st February 2020, residents visiting re3 Recycling Centres will be required to present a document that identifies them as residents of the re3 area: Bracknell Forest, Reading or Wokingham Boroughs. Residents are urged to note that the windscreen stickers will no longer be accepted as proof of residency.

The re3 windscreen stickers will not longer be accepted as proof of residency.

The re3 windscreen stickers were introduced in 2016 to enable Meet and Greet staff to positively identify resident of Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Boroughs. They were issued to over 180,000 households but any residents who moved to the area at a later stage or lost their permit have been asked to bring an alternative proof of residency instead.

The windscreen permits are already being used by fewer visitors and, to save the cost of reprinting and distributing new permits, the councils are asking residents to use commonly held documents to demonstrate they are from the re3 area.

Full list of acceptable forms of ID as of 1st February 2020:
Driving licence
Current council tax bill
Utility bill, bank or credit card statement (issued no more than four months prior to the date of visit)
Bracknell Forest resident e+ card
Photocard bus pass issued by a re3 council
Valid blue badge or residents’ parking permit issued by a re3 council

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Elizabeth Line: Reading-London Paddington services start

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Crossrail is here! or at least part of it, train services have now begun on the Elizabeth line between Reading and London Paddington.

TfL Rail now runs stopping services on the route after taking over from Great Western Railway (GWR).

The Elizabeth line, part of TfL’s Crossrail project, when fully open will connect Reading and Heathrow in the west, through central London, to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the East.

Transport for London have advised customers departure times could change.

GWR will continue to run some fast services between Reading and London Paddington

Currently the Elizabeth Line is not open between London Paddington and Liverpool Street, and Whitechapel and Abbey Wood.

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