Inner Distribution Road

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Inner Distribution Road
Map of Reading Town Centre showing the Inner Distribution Road
Junction with Chatham Street and Friar Street
Route information
Length2.4 mi (3.9 km)
Major junctions
Orbital around Reading, Berkshire
 A329 A329 road
A4155 A4155 road
A33 A33 road
A327 A327 road
Road network

The Inner Distribution Road or IDR is a mostly dual carriageway ring road that encircles the town centre of Reading, Berkshire, England. It forms part of the A329 that runs from Wentworth in Surrey to Thame in Oxfordshire.


The Inner Distribution Road opened in 1969, after much controversy because of the destruction caused. Due to financial problems it remained half completed until 1989.[1][2]


Reading Borough Council drew up[when?] plans for the Inner Distribution Road to become an anti-clockwise one-way traffic route to help the traffic keep moving.[3] In 2006 local radio station Reading 107 conducted a survey asking if the road should become a one-way system, over 90% of people thought that there should be a public enquiry before any proposed changes go ahead.[4] Plans have since been put on hold and could be downsized.[5]

Development plans created in 2003 to build a deck over the Inner Distribution Road to enable the expansion of Chatham Place were partially completed in 2009.[6] Speaking at an event to mark the completion of the Chatham Place redevelopment in February 2016, Tony Page, Deputy Leader of the Council, said "Part of our vision for this area is to one day cover over the IDR to shield off all of the noise; it is an aspiration that we intend to work on in the future."[7]


  1. ^ Phillips, Daphne (1980). The Story of Reading. Countryside Books. p. 168. ISBN 0-905392-07-8.
  2. ^ "Roads". Reading History Trail. Archived from the original on 2 February 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Local Issues — Reading". The Association of British Drivers. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
  4. ^ "107FM Reading Inner Distribution Road Survey". Business in Reading. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
  5. ^ "Reading town centre revamp could be downsized". BBC News. 27 September 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
  6. ^ "IDR decking plan to be shelved". Reading Post. Archived from the original on 24 September 2010. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  7. ^ Perryman, Francesca (2016-02-19). "Cannon event marks the completion of Chatham Place Redevelopment". getreading. Retrieved 2016-03-15.

Coordinates: 51°27′16.25″N 0°58′44.04″W / 51.4545139°N 0.9789000°W / 51.4545139; -0.9789000