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Upgrade plans for area around Reading Station on show

Reading railway station
About 400m is being spent on upgrading the railway station

Reading residents are being invited to view plans to upgrade the run-down area around its railway station, which is currently undergoing a £400m revamp.

Network Rail's improvements to Reading Station will include five new platforms, an elevated railway, a new station entrance and a new train depot.

A new pedestrian and cycle bridge east of Pipers Island is among the plans for the area north of the station.

Several exhibitions for the development plans will be held in March.

Tony Page, Reading's lead councillor for planning and transport, said: "The station area is one of the most accessible and sustainable locations in the United Kingdom.

"Once again, the council is encouraging people to involve themselves in shaping this crucial area of the town."

The government has contributed £4.37m to Reading Station Area Framework scheme.

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