Breathtaking aerial footage shows latest progress on Green Park Station
- New fully accessible footbridge linking the two platforms now in position
- Station expected to be open for public use by summer 2022
READING'S Green Park Station continues to take shape this month, with the latest stunning aerial footage capturing the progress on this major development.
View the exciting progress via the drone footage here:
View more photos of the development here: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzDj21
Construction on the new £20 million station began in spring 2019 and is progressing well despite initial delays to the project caused by the pandemic.
As shown in the footage, the Council has delivered:
- 2 x 150m platforms;
- A new fully accessible station building;
- A new overbridge, providing fully accessible access to both platforms, via stairs and lifts;
- A bus interchange and cycle parking facilities;
- 2 car parks, including 12 blue badge spaces and drop-off parking.
Over the coming weeks, work will continue on-site to complete the final finishes to the station, including toilet facilities, accessible baby change, ticket vending machines and wayfinding signage.
Green Park Station will sit on the Reading to Basingstoke line and will be served by a half-hourly service north to Reading and south to Basingstoke through the day. It will consist of two platforms with disabled access and a multi-modal interchange with a surface level car park, bus stops, taxi rank and cycle parking.
Reading Borough Council is leading on the construction, and a commissioning period involving the train operating company and Network Rail is due to commence shortly, which will be the final stage of the project prior to it receiving authorisation to enter into service. Green Park Station is expected to be open for public use during the summer of 2022.
When complete, the new station will help to alleviate queues on the busy A33 by offering an alternative sustainable mode of travel. It will significantly improve accessibility to the south Reading area where large-scale development is taking place, including the expansion of Green Park Business Park and Green Park Village.
Tony Page, Reading Borough Council’s Lead Councillor for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport, said: “It is fantastic to see the progress on this major development captured in such dramatic aerial footage and I’m delighted to see the progress on the construction of the new Green Park Station so far.
“All being well, we are now close to construction being complete. The station will then be commissioned by Network Rail and GWR before it can open for public use this year.
“When operational, Green Park Station will form an integral part of Reading’s ever-growing sustainable transport infrastructure with more homes, businesses and leisure developments planned in the south of the borough. It will also be another option for football fans heading to the Stadium on match days, again taking the pressure off our busy roads.”
GWR Business Development Director, Tom Pierpoint, said: “It’s exciting to see Reading Green Park Station really starting to take shape. We are working closely with the Council and Network Rail to deliver the project which will provide even better connectivity for customers.
“Reading is a key destination on our network and this new station will help to secure the economic prosperity of the region as we seek to build back better from the pandemic.”
Find out more about the project here: www.reading.gov.uk/GreenParkStation
Notes to editors
Drone footage commissioned from www.jsaerial.co.uk
The Green Park Station scheme was granted approval by the Berkshire Local Transport body in November 2014 with £9.15m funded through Thames Valley Berkshire LEP’s Local Growth Fund.
A further £5.6m will come from s106 developer contributions. In July 2017 the Department for Transport announced the further £2.3m of funding to ensure the station keeps pace with demand expected from proposed major new developments in the area, In November 2019 the Council secured an additional £2.477m from the Government’s New Stations Fund, and £550k from Thames Valley Berkshire LEP’s (Local Enterprise Partnership) Local Growth Fund, for Green Park Station, bringing the overall budget for Green Park to £20.077m.