The Department of Transport has announced that a £13 million scheme to improve access to an upgraded Reading Station has taken an important step forward with the Department announcing that it will be investing £9.6m towards improving access to Reading station, which is one of the most critical rail hubs in Britain.
This follows work by Reading Borough Council to reduce scheme costs - resulting in a saving of 36 per cent, or £5.4m for the taxpayer - and increased contributions from private developers. The council will now invite tenders for the works with a view to seeking final approval from the Department in the summer of 2011. The scheme, which includes two new multi-modal interchanges as well as highway improvements, will make it easier for road users, bus passengers, pedestrians and cyclists to access the station.
Commenting on the announcement, Reading West MP Alok Sharma said: “This is very good news for Reading and is an excellent example of joined-up government with the local council, the Department of Transport and local MPs working together to deliver for all of Reading’s commuters. This scheme is on top of the £850 million rebuilding programme for Reading station which will deliver a 21st century train station and a regeneration of the local area.”
Photo: Transport Minister Norman Baker at Reading Station with Pat Baxter, Rob Wilson MP, Councillor Richard Willis, Councillor Kirsten Bayes, Alok Sharma MP and Councillor Andrew Cumpsty