09 Oct Green Park Station Reading moves closer
Work is due to start next year on the two-platform station on the Reading to Basingstoke line and Reading Borough Council’s policy committee is likely to rubber stamp the next stage in the process at its meeting on September 25.
The council is expected to enter an agreement with Network Rail regarding a £2.3m grant awarded to the project from the DfT’s New Stations Fund 2 earlier this year and to enter a delivery agreement with Balfour Beatty to undertake the detailed design and build for the station.
Both West Berkshire and Reading councils granted the station planning permission in 2015. The station will have a platform in each borough but new applications to extend the platforms 50 metres south may be made to ensure the scheme is ‘future-proofed’.
There will be disabled access and a multi-modal interchange with a surface level car park, bus stops, taxi rank and cycle parking.
Lead member for strategic environment, planning and transport, Cllr Tony Page 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 that 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 £16m funding consists of £9.15m from TVBLEP, £4.6m from s106 developer contributions and the £2.3m from the DfT.
Source: Thames Valley Property