Project Overview


Reading Borough Council

Client’s Representative


Construction Period

March 2017 – July 2021
(all phases)


£10-15m range
(all phases)

Project Overview

The schemes linked central town centre to existing/proposed residential and employment areas to the south of Reading including Green Park and the new Mereoak P&R facility.

Unveiled in four consecutive phases (1B/2/3/4B) of construction and included widening of the A33 to create a new bus lane adjacent to the existing carriageway.

Wills Bros’ sensitive approach to traffic management enabled the works to progress with little to no restriction to traffic and pedestrian movements during the works. Traffic Management Plans was carried out in accordance with UK Chapter 8. The Client expressed their gratitude with regard to successful TM on completion of the project.

Key Numbers

Phase 1B and 2:

  • Excavation and removal of 4000m3 of material
  • Removal of 1856m of kerbs
  • 12,320m2 of asphalt surfacing
  • Traffic signals and induction loops
  • 12,320m² of road surfacing
  • 2642m² of footpath construction
  • 3146m2 of new road construction
  • 670m of drainage
  • 316m of Vehicle Restraint System
  • 14x illuminated traffic signs
  • 62x traffic signs
  • 58x lighting columns and associated cabling and ducting
  • 2x sets of pedestrian lights, plus one bus-gate and associated cabling and ducting
  • 1535m2 of mixed landscaping

Phase 3:

  • 320m sheet pile retaining structure
  • In-situ concrete piles and soil dowels
  • 800m road construction
  • Alterations to the surface water drainage
  • Street lighting
  • Statutory utilities diversions
  • Road restraint systems
  • Traffic signal systems

Phase 4B:

  • Steel sheet pile retaining structures
  • Road construction with street lighting and traffic signals
  • Alterations to the surface water drainage and utilities diversions
  • Road restraint systems and a new northbound bus stop lay-by
  • Traffic Signal upgrade works at the A33 Island Road Junction and A33 Bennet Road Junction
  • Relocation of a northbound bus lane (from the right lane to the left lane) and the addition of a southbound bus stop on the A33 near the M4 Junction 11 (Little Lea)