Reading has excellent road connections with three motorway junctions (J10, 11 & 12) of the M4, providing direct access to the M25 and the national motorway network. M4 J10 is served by the motorway A329M, and M4 J11 is reached by a dual carriageway, the A33.
Reading is served by a 37 mile cycle network, of which 17 miles are segregated from general traffic. These will soon include a new Thames Bridge linking the north bank with the railway station.
Reading has launched Readybike – a London-style bike hire scheme with currently 29 docking stations throughout the urban area and a dedicated website: readybike.co.uk
Reading’s mainline station is a major UK rail hub, handling some 16 million passengers a year. There are connections with London Paddington and London Waterloo to the east, Bristol and Wales to the west and directly to Birmingham (New Street & International), Guildford, Oxford, Basingstoke and Newbury.
An £850 million upgrade – the biggest in the UK – has provided new entrances and a concourse; five new platforms have been added with modified track layouts to improve passenger and freight transport flows.
London Heathrow is 28 miles east of Reading and can be reached directly via the M4 motorway (J4). RailAir operates a non-stop 45-minute bus service between the railway station and the airport.
Other international airports
London Gatwick is 55 miles south east of Reading and Southampton Airport Parkway is only 46 miles (direct rail 46 minutes).