Reading is set to welcome its first new railway station for over 100 years, as Green Park station is currently set to open for services on Saturday 27th May 2023.
Representing the first station to open in the area since Reading West in July 1906 and being the inaugural of three new Great Western Railway (GWR) stations opening this year along with Portway Park & Ride in Bristol and Marsh Barton in Exeter, this station will improve transport links and sustainability throughout the region.
The station, built by Reading Borough Council, Network Rail and GWR, features:
- Two 150m platforms;
- A new fully accessible station building;
- A fully accessible overbridge, providing access to both platforms, via stairs and lifts;
- A bus interchange, taxi rank and cycle parking facilities;
- Two car parks, including 12 blue badge spaces and drop-off parking and long-stay parking for commuters.
The station will be operational on the Reading to Basingstoke line, providing passengers with half-hourly services throughout the days.
Construction of the station has been facilitated by the local Council alongside the further rail industry to secure the approvals, project funding and the planning permission.
Tony Page, Reading Borough Council’s Lead Councillor for Climate Strategy and Transport, said:
“I’m thrilled that we finally have an opening date for Reading Green Park Station. This will be Reading’s first brand new station since the opening of Reading West station on 1 July 1906.
“When open for public use from Saturday 27 May, Reading Green Park Station will form an integral part of Reading’s ever-growing sustainable transport infrastructure.
“The new multi-modal interchange will dramatically improve accessibility and connectivity to this important area of south Reading. The future expansion of the business park and residential areas on Green Park, as well as the proposed Royal Elm Park mixed use development, will all benefit from the new station.
“It will also be another option for football fans heading to the Stadium on match days, again taking the pressure off our busy local roads.”
GWR Business Development Director, Tom Pierpoint, said:
"New stations such as Reading Green Park are vital in bringing the railway closer to people as we all become more mindful to live and travel more sustainably.
"Reading Green Park is one of three GWR stations to open this year along with Marsh Barton in Exeter and Portway Park & Ride in Bristol and we are excited for the benefits these stations will bring to local residents, businesses and leisure travellers in the areas they will serve."
Whilst Reading Green Park station is a major milestone in the region’s public transport offerings, growth in this area will continue through the transformative works on Reading West station, which is also due to be complete later this year.
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