Green Park Station set to open 1 year ahead of schedule

 

The train station being constructed at Green Park will be arriving one year ahead of schedule.greenparkstation

The news was revealed at a gathering between the Government’s Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and Cllr Tony Page, where the pair discussed plans for Green Park Station.

Cllr Page said diesel trains would be ferrying people to their destinations via the proposed station, which would welcome services travelling between Basingstoke and Reading at 30 minute intervals.

Originally scheduled to be completed in May 2020, the stations opening has now been bought forward to the summer of 2019.

Mr Grayling and Cllr Page met on March 23 in offices in Longwater Avenue, alongside Tim Smith, chief executive of the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

The Transport Secretary welcomed the plan as a vital one for the economic growth of Reading and the Thames Valley.

Mr Grayling was keen to highlight the importance of the stations opening, saying “The growth around Reading and Wokingham is really important.

“The Thames Valley is a really important part of the future of our economy; we’ve got to make sure that developments like this have the right infrastructure.

“What we’re going to see when the station opens is an upgrade in service from this area of Reading.

“The point about this area around Reading is it’s very good in that respect: close to Heathrow, good places to live around it, smart new developments.”

3190 EXTERNAL EntranceReading Borough Council’s lead member for transport, Cllr Page, highlighted the importance of projects such as Green Park Station, in encouraging communities to expand.

He said “It’s always good to welcome government transport ministers to Reading, particularly the Secretary of State, because we have a big agenda that requires support from the government.

“Reading is an ideal place because we have the best bus company in the UK, we have very strong rail links, we have an ideal location in terms of Heathrow and Gatwick and those wider rail connections that all serve existing communities.”

Once built the Green Park station will serve the new Green Park Village development, the current business park and the Madejski Stadium.

Funding for the station was agreed at a Reading Borough Council policy committee meeting in September 2017.

The £16 million project was funded by the Reading Borough Council, the Department of Transport and the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

The Government invested £2.3 million into the project as part of its £16 million New Stations Fund.

Other funding comes from area development constitutions totalling £4.6 million, as well as £9.15 million from the Local Enterprise Partnership.

It is predicted the station will created up to 7,500 new job opportunities, as well as 1500 homes by providing improved access to an area that is currently exclusively accessible by road.

 

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