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Traffic diversions through Katesgrove for repairs to crash barriers on IDR flyover

The Flyover on 28 May 2019

Reading Borough Council will start repairs on the Inner Distribution Road (IDR) flyover crash barriers on Monday 8 July. A Parcelforce lorry broke through the barriers in May and landed on the Oracle roundabout at the bottom of Southampton Street.

No-one was seriously injured in the incident, but one lane of the west-bound carriageway has been closed since it happened.

Friends of the IDR will have noticed that some preparatory work has already taken place to allow CD Fencing to install replacement barriers on both sides of the flyover.

Works will start on the west-bound carriageway in the week commencing 8 July and are scheduled to take place during the day from 9.30am to 7.30pm. Traffic will be diverted off the IDR up London Street, and then via Crown Street and Southampton Street to join the IDR again at the Oracle roundabout.

Work will subsequently start on the east-bound carriageway. This will take place during the evening and at night from 7pm to 1am. Some guests at the Premier Inn will have a bird’s eye view of the operation. They, and nearby residents, should anticipate a few night’s sleep disturbed by the noise.

Reading Borough Council say:

Night works are required to reduce the impact on traffic that an east-bound daytime closure would have on the strategic road network. Working hours at night have been restricted to… 1am [at the latest] due to the possible noise impact on residential properties and hotels in the area.

While the east-bound carriageway is closed, traffic will leave the IDR at the Oracle roundabout and rejoin at the foot of London Street.

All work is expected to complete by Friday 19 July.

The flyover on 18 June

  1. IDR Flyover Repairs Begin Next Month
  2. CD Fencing
  3. Lane closure on Reading road where Parcelforce van crashed through barrier


  1. I’m looking forward to “Friends of the IDR” being mentioned in GetReading as a real organisation.

  2. That’s the plan. And thence, we shall form a new political party and sweep through Westminster in triumph.

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