Friday, 22 October 2021

Experts divided over safety of site earmarked by Tesco

A NEW branch of Tesco in Goring would not put shoppers’ lives at risk, according to a report commissioned by the store giant.

Highways consultant Transport Planning Associates says the retailer can safely build an Express store at the former Queen’s Arms pub in Reading Road.

However, a report commissioned by opposition group Stop Tesco in Goring says the site is unsuitable.

Campaigners claim traffic would increase due to shoppers arriving by car and the lorries making deliveries and that this would put pedestrians using the narrow pavement on Gatehampton Road at risk.

However, the TPA report claims there would be only a small increase in traffic. It says that based on data from similar stores, there would be 532 car movements on a typical day and that about 90 per cent of these drivers would have been on the road anyway.

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