Bus lanes in Reading
Bus lanes are put in place to assist public transport. Bus usage in Reading is higher than most towns and cities in the UK outside London, so having an efficient and reliable bus service is very important to many people.
Above: Bus gate entrance signage warning of camera enforcement
Bus lanes and the approach to bus lanes in Reading are clearly signed. Bus lane signage is normally blue, indicating the vehicles that may use that lane or 'gate'.
Above: Signage shows vehicles entitled to use the bus lane.
Above: Bus gate signage showing alternative routes
Bus lanes which are in force 24 hours a day will have road markings. The lane will normally contain the words BUS LANE and will be separated from the general traffic by a solid white line. Sometimes bus lanes may also have a coloured road surface. Bus lanes which are in force for short periods will not have road markings.
Above: Some bus lanes are marked on the street with a solid white line.
Other types of vehicles may also be entitled to use all or some of Reading's bus lanes. This is indicated by the bus lane signage. For example cycles and wheelchair accessible taxis (hackney carriages) can use the majority of Reading's bus lanes and bus gates, while certain bus lanes are available to motorcycles and to private hire vehicles at certain times.
Most bus lanes and bus gates in Reading operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including public holidays. However, buses may use certain routes (for example areas of central Reading) at times when other vehicles may not - though these routes are not necessarily designated specifically as bus lanes.
All of the Bus Lanes and Gates in Reading have a relevant Traffic Regulation Order and the camera systems used for enforcement have been certified as approved devices by the Secretary of State. The Department for Transport has also authorised the signs used for many of the bus lanes. The orders, certificates and authorisations are available to download below.
Traffic Regulation Orders
Borough of Reading (Reading Station and Town Centre) (Movement Control Order) Order 2011
Borough of Reading (Town Centre) (Bus and Accessible Taxi Lanes) (Experimental) Order 2011
Borough of Reading (Town Centre) (Bus and Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Lanes) (Special Access Permits) Order 2012
Borough of Reading (Bus Lanes) Traffic Regulation Order 2006
Borough of Reading (Hemdean Road) (Bus Lanes) (Amendment) Order 2012
Borough of Reading (Southcote Lane) (Prohibiton of Vehicles) Order 2012
Borough of Reading (Station Access Road) (Waiting Restrictions) Traffic Regulation Order 2013
Borough of Reading (Station Access) (Movement Control) Traffic Regulation Order 2013
Borough of Reading (Bus Lanes) (Kings Road) Order 2013
BLADM 030 06/07/2009
BLAD 040 06/05/2010
BLADM 038 11/08/2010
15/04/2011 - 04/08/2011
04/08/2011 - 26/03/2012
26/03/2012 - 13/08/2012
13/08/2012 - 12/10/2012
12/10/2012 - 07/05/2013
07/05/2013 - 10/07/2013
10/07/2013 - 21/10/2013
21/10/2013 - Present
Department for Transport Sign Authorisations