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Reading's Cow Lane reopens after rail bridge work

Cow Lane in Reading
Image caption Cow Lane was closed for three weeks in May as part of the widening scheme

A Reading road has reopened following works to revamp the town's railway station.

Commuters faced heavy traffic in Oxford Road during the three-week closure of Cow Lane in May.

Utility works were carried out to two rail bridges, ahead of their widening in 2012 and 2014 as part of a £850m Network Rail revamp of Reading Station.

Under the plans Cow Lane will eventually become a two-lane road with a cycle path and pavement.

The wider bridges will lead to an increase in rail capacity.

The Cow Lane south bridge will be widened during Christmas, and will reopen at the start of 2012.

The north bridge will be widened in 2014, enabling traffic to pass more freely along Cow Lane.

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