PLANS for a new railway station at Green Park have received a £2.3m boost following a successful bid for government cash by Reading Borough Council.
The Department for Transport (DfT) announced today (July 28) the new south Reading station is one of five in the country to benefit from money from the New Stations Fund.
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.
Councillor Tony Page, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport, said:
“I very much welcome the £2.3m funding from the Department for Transport which will help deliver this important new railway station in south Reading.
“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 the roads which is an obvious benefit to everyone.”
The new 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 Council is working on the design of the station with Network Rail and Great Western Railway and discussions with these organisations and the DfT are being undertaken to agree a revised programme for the delivery of the project.
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. The £2.3m from the DfT will ensure the station keeps up with demand expected from proposed major new developments in the area.