Posted 8th May 2015 | 2 Comments

Go-ahead for station at Reading Green Park

PLANNING permission has been granted for a new park-and-ride station in the southern outskirts of Reading, eight years after plans for the station were first unveiled.

The £6.4 million station – part funded by the Berkshire Local Transport Body and nearby property developers – will include a multi-storey car park and bus interchange, and be served by First Great Western trains on the Reading-Basingstoke line.

Plans now also include provision for the planned electrification of the Basingstoke line as part of the North-South Spine project.

The new station will serve a fast-growing high-tech and residential area on the south side of Reading, near Junction 11 of the M4.  Tesco already has a substantial distribution centre nearby, employing around 1,000 people, and Huawei, the Chinese telecoms giants, has recently relocated to Green Park.

The Berkshire Local Transport Body says the Reading-Basingstoke corridor provides access to over 50,000 jobs in central Reading and 10,000 jobs and 1,500 homes in South Reading. There is also planned growth of 7,500 jobs and 1,500 more homes along the corridor, and another 2,500 homes near M4 junction 11.

First Great Western said the station is expected to be completed by December 2018.

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  • claydon william, Norwich, Norfolk

    Hopefully, with Basingstoke-Reading electrification and 'Crossrail' being rolled out to Reading, Basingstoke-Paddington service might be a reasonable possibility with competition between First and Stagecoach on Basingstoke-London........

  • Tony Pearce, Reading

    I hope there will be a Connection to the M4 which is between Junctions 11 and 12. 11 is the normal one for Reading and serves Green Park but it is an exceptionally complicated roundabout. I also hope that the track can be widened to 4 tracks at the Station so adding capacity to the line, in order that faster trains such as Freight and Cross-Country can 'overtake' the stopping passenger services. It will be a very useful Park'n'Ride Station for passengers to Reading Station and beyond. Car Parking in Reading centre is virtually non-existant and horrendously expensive.