Reading Green Park station opening date confirmed
Becoming the first new station in Reading in over 100 years, Reading Green Park Station is set to open on Saturday 27 May 2023.
Reading Green Park Station – the first station to open in Reading since Reading West in July 1906 and the first of three new Great Western Railway (GWR) stations opening this year along with Portway Park & Ride in Bristol and Marsh Barton in Exeter.
It will provide improved sustainable travel options for local residents and businesses in the Green Park area, as well as fans attending events at the Select Car Leasing Stadium, home of Reading Football Club.
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 sits on the Reading to Basingstoke line, with half-hourly services running north to Reading and south to Basingstoke through the day.
The delivery of the station has been made possible by the Council leading alongside the rail industry to secure the approvals, funding and planning permission for the station, as well as managing the construction of the station.
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."
In addition to Reading Green Park Station, Reading’s public transport offer continues to go from strength to strength, with work on the transformation of Reading West Station continuing at pace and also due to complete this year and the recently completed Elizabeth Line now offering travellers to and from Reading modern trains and a seamless transition into central or east London without having to change to the tube at Paddington.
Joanna Grew, Network Rail industry programme director – Heathrow & Thames Valley, said:
“We're delighted Reading Green Park station will soon open. It will play an important role in connecting communities between Reading and Basingstoke through regular and reliable sustainable transport while reducing the level of traffic on the A33.
“We look forward to continuing our work with GWR and our other industry partners to provide the best service possible across the Thames Valley and including Reading Green Park."
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Reading Green Park Station - funding
The Reading Green Park Station scheme was granted approval by the Berkshire Local Transport body in November 2014 with £9.15 million funded through Thames Valley Berkshire LEP’s Local Growth Fund.
A further £5.6 million has come from s106 developer contributions. In July 2017 the Department for Transport announced a further £2.3 million 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 £2.477 million from the Government’s New Stations Fund, and £550 thousand from Thames Valley Berkshire LEP’s (Local Enterprise Partnership) Local Growth Fund, for Green Park Station bringing the overall budget for Green Park to £20.077 million. The project received additional funding of £1.25 million from GWR