Wednesday 27 Aug 2008

RAIL IMPROVEMENT PLANS FOR READING EXHIBITED

Region & Route:
| Wales & Western: Wales & Borders
| Southern: Wessex
| Wales & Western
| Southern
Network Rail is unveiling its proposal to implement the biggest ever investment to improve the railway at Reading.

On 10 – 15 September 2008, the public are invited to join Network Rail at a series of exhibitions, where proposed work to develop railway network at Reading will be presented. The event will offer everyone an opportunity to find out more about the £400m scheme and be updated on its latest developments.

The series will kick-start at Waterhouse Chamber, Reading Town Hall on 10 September, at 10am – 6pm, and subsequently:

* Thursday, 10.00 - 20.00 - Waterhouse Chamber, Reading Town Hall

* Friday, 10.00 - 18.00 - Council Chamber, Civic Centre

* Saturday, 10.00 - 18.00 - Council Chamber, Civic Centre

* Sunday, 11.00 - 16.00 - Upper Mall, The Oracle

* Monday, 17.00 - 19.00 - Reading Station

From Paddington to Bristol, Cornwall and Wales, from the south coast to Birmingham, the north and Scotland - all these lines cross each other at Reading. The area has therefore become a bottleneck and is beginning to cause delays and prevent extra trains to run.

A joint effort by Network Rail, Department for Transport and Reading Borough Council, the scheme sets to bring more trains, faster journeys and a better station for passengers through this scheme, while addressing a key performance pinch-point on the Great Western Mainline.

The scheme is also instrumental in boosting the economy of Reading by providing a reliable and effective transport hub that will drive jobs and businesses to the area.

MEDIA INVITE

The exhibition is also opened exclusively for journalists at 9am – 10am on 10 September, please get in touch with Mavis Choong on 01793 515 267 or mavis.choong@networkrail.co.uk to RSVP and/or request for interview with spokespeople/organise photocalls.

Contact information

Passengers / community members
Network Rail national helpline
03457 11 41 41

Latest travel advice
Please visit National Rail Enquiries

Journalists
Network Rail press office -Western route
07730 354394
MediaRelationsWestern@networkrail.co.uk

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Usually, there are almost five million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.

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