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Views wanted on Reading railway station plans

Reading Station
Reading is a major interchange on the railway network

A public meeting is to be held over a multi-million pound plan to transform Reading railway station.

The borough council proposes an upgrade of the southern entrance and outside travel interchange concourse, including bus, taxi and drop-off areas.

It comes as Network Rail plans a £500m revamp of rail lines into the town, including five new platforms and a train depot.

Residents and businesses are being urged to attend and give their views.

Skyscrapers and flats

The council says the Network Rail upgrade will significantly increase passenger numbers and should allow more trains to run through Reading, reduce delays on the western route and ease overcrowding at the station.

Another planned regeneration project at nearby Station Hill, including skyscrapers housing offices, restaurants and flats, would also increase numbers.

During the meeting, council planners will outline their plans, followed by a question and answer session.

Artists impression of the Station Hill development adjacent to Reading railway station
The area around the station is also being developed

Their Reading Station Area Framework covers an area from the River Thames to the north, Friar Street to the south, Caversham Road to the west and Forbury Road to the east.

There will also be an opportunity to see the Network Rail and Station Hill plans.

A council spokesperson said: "The council wants its residents to get involved now so they can help to inform any possible future development and have some input into future plans.

"Exhibitions have already taken place at Caversham Library and the Civic Centre."

The meeting will be held on 22 March from 1830 GMT in the Victoria Hall at the town hall.



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