Berkshire

Royal Berkshire Hospital park and ride scheme launched

Royal Berkshire Hospital
Image caption The service has been introduced after the authority approved plans to cut free parking on roads near the hospital

A park and ride scheme is being trialled in a bid to alleviate congestion around a town centre hospital.

The service between the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading and a site near junction 11 of the M4 was launched on Monday.

Reading Buses said six buses a day will make the the 20-minute trip to the hospital.

The borough council said it would "closely monitor" the scheme's impact.

The service has been introduced after the authority approved plans to cut free parking on roads near the hospital last year.

Councillor David Absolom, chair of the council's transport committee, said the park and ride would "take a lot of pressure off" the surrounding infrastructure.

It will cost passengers £2 for a single and £3.50 for a return.

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