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Reading station revamp exhibition opens

How the new Reading station entrance would look
The southern entrance will be served by a footbridge, escalators and lifts

Reading commuters are to get a glimpse of how their new railway station will look after a £400m revamp when an exhibition opens in the town centre.

The station is due to be remodelled by 2013 to include five more platforms and two additional entrances at the north and south of the station.

The display is due to open at Reading Town Hall at 1000 BST on Thursday.

Network Rail engineers and project managers will be on hand to answer questions about the scheme.

Network Rail has released a new image of how the southern entrance of station will look when it is rebuilt.

Positive feedback

The entrance is one of two new access points planned for the station and will be served by a footbridge, lifts and escalators.

Tony Walker, who is working on the project, said: "Reading's residents and commuters were really positive about our plans for the station when we consulted them a couple of years ago.

"I'm keen to give people an update on our scheme and get their views before we start construction in earnest.

"The work we're doing in Reading is one of the biggest pieces of railway investment anywhere in the country right now.

"I urge everyone who lives in Reading or uses the station to come along to the town hall and find out about the benefits and how they're affected by our plans."

The Reading exhibition will be held in the Waterhouse Chamber, Reading Town Hall from Thursday to Saturday and at Reading Station on Thursday from 1700 to 2000 BST.

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