Thanks to campaigning by Margaret Pawson, National Cycle Route 4 in Reading is to have restrictive barriers removed. In an interview with the Reading Chronical, Margaret said the improvements “will give wheelchair users and families with pushchairs access to this wonderful green lung in the centre of Reading. With the towpath continuing at the Kennet and Avon canal, a whole new area of the countryside will be open to us”.
Charity Sustrans are implementing the changes to the barriers and will also improve the surface of the path, so that people are able to use no matter the weather.
The Department for Transport will fund a project to modify the barriers at Katesgrove, Waterloo Meadows and Fobney Lock.
You can read the piece and see a photo here: https://www.readingchronicle.co.uk/news/18000591.reading-cycle-path-opened/?ref=fbshr&fbclid=IwAR0vizNFeKNjOgs1ScRzxm7UidRP8ImT7RUSZRxuhBSfWuJMJvDs_NCUvOI
Arthur Lee, our Vice Chairman and our Access Expert, is working with Sustrans on their “Paths for All” project. He was interviewed by Radio Berkshire about the barriers at Reading and you can hear a recording here: https://disabledramblers.sharepoint.com/:u:/g/EVQxp0-xGFNJg8esbzs-YIcBP2DDhT-Rbi2MdmYBzIm4Aw?e=8YHyI9