Work begins on new station interchange
Wed 5 December 2012, 6:01 pm
Construction work has begun on a new transport interchange to the north of Reading Station.
The project is part of Reading Borough Council’s £13.2 million project to create two new interchanges alongside Network Rail’s £850 million rebuilding programme for the town’s railway station.
The authority said the new hub, which is due to open next summer, would include bus, taxi and cycle facilities, as well as a drop-off point for drivers at the upgraded rail gateway.
Tony Page, Reading’s planning, regeneration, and transport lead, said the new northern interchange would “improve the whole dynamic“ in and around the station.
“We anticipate that as much as a third of all movements to and from the station will be through the new northern interchange,” he said.
“Coupled with changes to local bus services, this will spread the load, particularly at peak times, making access to and from the station much easier.”
Some £9.6 million of the funding for the interchanges is being supplied by the Department for Transport.