Reading Borough Council (RBC) has secured £2.4 million from the central government’s new stations fund and £550,000 from Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s local growth fund for completing Green Park railway station. This new station on the Basingstoke line in the south of Reading is now budgeted to cost just over £20 million and is scheduled to open in winter 2020.
The new station is being built by Balfour Beatty and the project is led by RBC, in partnership with Network Rail and GWR, who will own and operate it once complete. RBC sought the new funding because of changes to the design and delivery dates.
RBC says that the new station will reduce traffic queues on the A33 between the M4 junction and Reading town centre by offering an alternative means of transport. They also say that the station will improve access to the expanding Green Park village and business park as well as the Royal Elm Park development.