The idea of years and years of roadworks on the M4 to build a monorail does not sit well with BerkshireLive’s readers.
We took a look back at the ambitious vision proposed back in 2008 with included the monorail between Reading and Heathrow Airport, an underground motorway and a new motorway linking Reading to the east.
We should stress this is not a current plan, as some people commenting seemed to think it was the latest idea to solve the horrendous traffic issues around Reading, which are not a new thing.
What it seemed to mainly do is remind people of the classic episode of The Simpsons where charasmatic con-man Lyle Lanley persuade the powers that be in Springfield to spend vast amounts on the utterly useless system.
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Nonetheless, it prompted something of a debate, as well as some classic lines from the famous Simpsons song including “Is there a chance the track could bend?” and “I hear those things are awfully loud.”
It seems many readers don’t want to see a monorail put Reading put on the map alongside Brockway, Ogdenville and North Haverbrook.
Ashley Barnes said: “Lol because the M4 is already such a fun section to travel down, let’s add more roadworks/closures forever.”
A valid point, if what we know about how Crossrail has gone could be applied to the idea of building a massive monorail, you’re probably looking at 10 years of roadworks, as well as billions of pounds.
Graham Harris had a better idea of how to improve travel.
He said: “I’d rather see more investment in teleportation research. Now wouldn’t that be great.”
The idea of teleporting out to a fantastic beach on your lunch break in very appealing indeed.
Terry Hastings preferred the idea to the controversial smart motorways, saying: “Great idea. After the not so Smart Motorway roadworks finish, we can start this!!!!!”
Darren Tegg obviously keeps a close eye on how these things normally turn out.
Does Reading need a monorail? Let us know in the comments below
He said: “End up years late mahooosively (massively) over budget, and break down at a whim, mind you at least the emergency services would be able to get to the scene of an accident quicker !
“Not having to try and get through nose to tail backed up traffic with NO hard shoulder/EMERGENCY lane to use.”
Allen Knight highlighted a logistical issue, saying: “What happens when you get to a motorway bridge?”
Aaron Dias-Jayasinha was worried about the effect such a thing would have on other businesses, saying: ” Great idea but what about the coaches that do Reading to Heathrow?
“Won’t that put them out of business as more people will want to take the monorail?
And Antony Lankyy Larryy put it into simple terms, saying: “Waste of money!”
Some useful feedback for the powers that be should any more plans materialise.