Green light for Green Park station
Thu 30 April 2015, 10:32 am
Reading Borough Council has received planning permission to build a train station at the Green Park business facility in Reading.
Final permission is now sought from West Berkshire Council, as the station straddles the borders of the two locations. The station would be introduced onto the Reading to Basingstoke route, with trains expected to stop at Green Park twice an hour. The project also includes building an interchange, multi-storey park-and-ride car park, short stay car park, taxi drop-off, disabled parking and a station access road off Longwater Avenue in Whitley.
It is predicted that the facility will cost around £8 million to build, with £6.4 million provided by the Thames Valley Business Local Enterprise Partnership and £1.6 million from Reading Borough Council.
The government has pledged £79.9 million to support the growth of the economy in Berkshire and the Reading Borough Council envisages the building of the station and car park will be part of this.
The station will cater for those attending London Irish’s rugby union ties and Reading Football Club matches at the Madejski Stadium. The park and stadium are currently solely accessible by road, causing congestion at peak hours and on match days.
If planning permission is granted, building work at the station site will start in 2016.