Soon its modern replacement sliding into place over the Christmas period and Cow Lane – and Reading – will be changing for good.
Odd that major rebuilding of the railways station should bring about improvements to the road system but this marks the first stage of an upgrade more significant than almost any the town has seen.
The new bridges will mean vastly improved access to the Battle Farm Industrial Estate and the uplift those businesses will get from this could breathe new life into an area which has long failed to get major improvements due to its multiple ownerships and the diversity of their interests.
Few would agree to join forces to fund security patrols a few years ago. Now they could be in line for new life as the area loses its most notorious bottleneck.
The various property owners would do themselves a favour if, once the bridges are both replaced in a few years, they worked together more. While Green Park remains stuck with its empty offices, this place can accommodate all types of business including manufacturing – a concept which may just make a comeback – at more realistic rents.
It’s a dated looking place, but this estate could have a better future than some of the smarter office parks which are suffering in the downturn.