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Guide Dogs reacts to the High Court’s ruling on calls to reinstate pedestrian lights at Target Junction in Reading

14 Jun 2016

Blindfolded WalkToday the High Court ruled that a decision by Reading Borough Council to switch off pedestrian lights at Target Junction, a busy junction in the centre of Reading, will not be referred to judicial review.

The lights were switched off in January 2015, making this busy part of the town centre a virtual no-go area for many people living with sight loss.

The case was led by Unity Law on behalf of guide dog owner and former Paralympian, Simon Goodall.

Commenting on the decision, Guide Dogs said:

“It’s extremely disappointing that Reading Borough Council’s decision to turn the lights off at Target Junction is not going forward to judicial review.

“Many of our guide dog owners have told us that Target Junction is now unsafe. It is virtually impossible for people who are unable to see to judge whether it’s safe to cross the road or how much time they have to cross safely. This is a busy part of the town centre and the decision has put many people at considerable disadvantage. For many, this area is effectively now a no-go zone.

“We will continue to campaign to persuade Reading Borough Council to make the junction safe for all pedestrians.”



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