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Exhibition on Reading Station to be held 20 - 22 May
Plans for Reading station.
Reading Station will close over Christmas for works

New images showing how Reading station will look following a £400m revamp of the station and track by Network Rail have been released.

A public exhibition on Network Rail's plans for Reading will also be held in Reading Town Hall from Thursday 20 to Saturday 22 May.

Network Rail say that the work is one of the "biggest pieces of railway investment anywhere in the county".

The station will close over Christmas in 2010 to enable work to take place.

A public exhibition detailing plans for Reading Station will be held in the Waterhouse Chamber, Reading Town Hall, except on Thursday night when it will transfer to Reading Station.

Opening times
Thursday 20 May, 10.00 - 16.00
Thursday 20 May, 17.00 - 20.00 (Reading station)
Friday 21 May, 10.00 - 20.00
Saturday 22 May, 10.00 - 14.00

Tony Walker, Network Rail's scheme sponsor for the Reading project said: "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."

Network Rail plans to build two new entrances connected by a new footbridge, in an effort to relieve congestion for Reading's commuters. New lifts and escalators will make it easier to get about the station, and five extra platforms will provide more space for trains.

Benefits
A bigger, more modern station for Reading with five new platforms, two new entrances, a new passenger footbridge, new lifts and escalators
A viaduct to the west of Reading station to increase the capacity of the railway and cut delays
Easier access across the railway for Reading residents. Widened bridges on Cow Lane; tunnels under the railway reopened for pedestrians
Massive investment in Reading's rail industry. New train and engineering depots securing jobs in Reading
Massive investment in Reading's rail industry. New train and engineering depots securing jobs in Reading

The improvements to the station are just one part of Network Rail's plans for Reading's railway, which involve the construction of a viaduct to untangle the tracks to the west of the station, boosting capacity and cutting delays.

The station will close for a number of days over Christmas 2010, while the first phase of work is completed.

Network Rail engineers and project managers will be on hand at the Town Hall exhibition to answer questions about the future for Reading's railway, and the benefits for the travelling public.

Further details on trains next Christmas and alternative travel arrangements will also be available.




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