Friday 7 Oct 2016
Reading passengers invited to find out more about benefits of railway alliance
Passengers using Reading station are invited to find out more about how the Network Rail and Great Western Railway (GWR) alliance is improving their travelling experience at an event on Friday, 14 October.
The two companies signed an alliance in March this year to formalise the way they work together and to commit to joint areas for improvement. This includes improved joint planning for major upgrades such as the electrification of the Great Western Main Line; helping to minimise disruption for passengers.
Members of the public will have the opportunity to speak to GWR and Network Rail staff to find out about how the alliance will deliver a better service both during and after major improvement work. In addition, they’ll be able to find out more about how these improvements are transforming Brunel’s railway, bringing it into the 21st century.
Mark Langman, Network Rail’s managing director for the Western route, said: “The purpose of our alliance is to put passengers at the heart of everything we do.
“As part of our Railway Upgrade Plan to provide a bigger, better, more reliable railway for passengers, we are undertaking work in Reading and the surrounding areas to prepare the line for electrification. This will pave the way for a new fleet of faster, greener electric trains with more seats and more room for passengers.
“In delivering the improvements we know passengers want , it’s vitally important Network Rail and GWR work together to minimise disruption as much as possible and provide passengers with the best possible service, which is why the alliance is so important.
“Everyone is welcome at our event, so if you’d like to know more about the alliance, our modernisation work or have a question you’d like answered, please come along.”
Mark Hopwood, managing director of GWR, said: “Our railway is going through the biggest investment since Brunel, and we’re making sure customers will see the full benefit of it. Our alliance will help us deliver value for passengers, and together we will capitalise on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
The event at Reading station forms part of a wider alliance roadshow, which began at Bristol Temple Meads station in July and will continue with further events across the Western route.
- The event is on Friday, 14 October from 2pm - 4pm near the help desk above platform 7 at Reading Station.
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.