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Reading could get its first red route as council tries to save money

Red route in London Image copyright Nigel Cox
Image caption Red routes have been in place in London for many years

The first red route in Reading could be set up in a move to generate income for the cash-strapped council.

Drivers who stop on the double red lines would face fixed fines.

A report into the idea, along with other schemes like raising charges for second and third parking permits, said the red route could start in 2017 and bring in £100,000 in its first year.

It comes after the council revealed on Friday up to 50 jobs could be lost as its budget is reduced by £39m.

The money-saving plans will go before a council committee on 20 July.

The double red lines, which can only currently be found in London and the West Midlands, would be introduced along the number 17 bus route.

CCTV cameras would be used to enforce the restriction, although the level of fine is yet to be revealed.

But the report also warns: "Significant opposition may result in political pressure to drop the proposal."

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