New Green Park Station Reaches Key Landmark

PLANS to build a new railway station at Green Park reach a key landmark next week with Reading Borough Council set to agree spending on the scheme at a meeting of its Policy Committee.

The new  Green Park station will be on the Reading to Basingstoke line and will be served by a half hourly service north to Reading and south to Basingstoke through the day. It will consist of two platforms with disabled access and a multi-modal interchange with a surface level car park, bus stops, taxi rank and cycle parking. The new station will be heavily used by Reading FC fans on matchdays and will also help to alleviate queues on the busy A33 by offering an alternative sustainable mode of travel.

Policy Committee will meet on Monday September 25th to give scheme and spend approval for the Council-led project. Councillors will also be asked to agree to appoint Balfour Beatty to lead on the detailed design for the new station in advance of undertaking the building work.

Reading Borough Council is currently in discussions with the Department for Transport, Network Rail and Great Western Railway to agree a timetable for the delivery of Reading’s new railway station.

Tony Page, Reading Borough Council’s Lead Member for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport, said:

“The spend approval for Green Park Station is an important landmark for this Council-led scheme and we hope to be in a position to announce when work on the ground will start at some point over the Winter.

“Reading Green Park Station will be a key part of the town’s future transport infrastructure as more homes, businesses and leisure developments are planned for the area. It will also be welcomed by football and rugby fans heading to Madejski Stadium. Quick and easy rail access to south Reading will also help keep traffic off busy roads like the A33, which is an obvious benefit to everyone.

“Green Park Station is also yet another example of the Council identifying and successfully bidding for external funding to help deliver the continued investment in public transport infrastructure which Reading needs as it continues to thrive and grow.”

The Full Policy Committee report can be found at: http://www.reading.gov.uk/media/7698/item10/pdf/item10.pdf

Reading Green Park Station will significantly improve accessibility to the south Reading area which has large-scale development proposed, including the expansion of Green Park Business Park, Green Park Village residential development and the Royal Elm Park mixed-use development.

The scheme was granted approval by the Berkshire Local Transport body in November 2014 and £9.15m funding has been approved from the Local Enterprise Partnership. A further £4.6m will come from s106 developer contributions. In July this year the DfT announced a further £2.3m of funding to ensure the station keeps up with demand expected from proposed major new developments in the area. The overall cost of the scheme is estimated to be £16m.