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Railway station plans on display

Reading railway station
Residents will see plans for Reading railway station's southern entrance

Part of a multi-million pound plan to transform Reading Railway Station is to go on display.

The borough council proposals include upgrading the southern entrance and outside travel interchange concourse, including bus, taxi and drop-off areas.

The council said it wanted to create a "world class" building.

More than £500m of improvements are also planned by Network Rail, including five new platforms, an elevated railway and a new train depot.

It is hoped the latter project will allow more trains to run through Reading, reduce delays on the Western route and ease overcrowding at the station.

The council plans going on display will show how roads around the station will be reconfigured to allow for a pedestrianised area.

'Massive transformation'

Bus, taxi and cycle facilities, along with vehicle drop-off points, will also be re-organised.

The exhibition will be based at Station Hill from 20 July until 21 August.

Drop-in sessions will also be held for residents and commuters who want to speak to transport officers.

Funding for the council scheme has yet to be finalised.

Tony Page, lead councillor for transport, said: "The next few years will see a massive transformation, not only to the station itself but also to the areas to the immediate north and south.

"Reading Borough Council, Network Rail and adjoining property owners are working together to improve the local environment, strengthen public transport, cycling and pedestrian links to the area and at the end deliver a world-class regeneration scheme."

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