Thursday 20 May 2010


Region & Route:
Wales & Western: Western
| Wales & Western

Ahead of Network Rail's public exhibition on its multimillion pound plans to improve Reading’s railway the company has released the first image of Reading station’s new southern entrance.

One of two new entrances planned for the station, the southern entrance will be served by a brand new footbridge with new lifts and escalators, relieving congestion for Reading’s commuters and making it easier to get about the station. Five new platforms will provide more space for trains and a new viaduct will untangle the tracks to the west of the station, boosting capacity and cutting delays.

Tony Walker, Network Rail’s scheme sponsor for the Reading project said: “Reading’s residents and commuters were really positive about our plans for the station when we consulted them a couple of years ago. I’m keen to give people an update on our scheme and get their views before we start construction in earnest.

“The work we’re doing in Reading is one of the biggest pieces of railway investment anywhere in the country right now. I urge everyone who lives in Reading or uses the station to come along to the Town Hall and find out about the benefits and how they’re affected by our plans.”

To find out more about Network Rail’s plans for Reading, visit the public exhibition being held in Reading Town Hall from Thursday 20 to Saturday 22 May. Network Rail engineers and project managers will be on hand at the Town Hall exhibition to answer questions about the future for Reading’s railway, and the benefits for the travelling public.

Notes to editors

The Reading exhibition will be held in the Waterhouse Chamber, Reading Town Hall (Blagrave Street, RG1 1QH), except on the Thursday evening when it will relocate to Reading station. It will be open at the following times:

  • Thursday 20 May, 10.00 – 16.00
  • Thursday 20 May, 17.00 – 20.00 (Reading station)
  • Friday 21 May, 10.00 – 20.00
  • Saturday 22 May, 10.00 – 14.00

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