A £900 million investment in Reading Station has transformed the gateway link to London and unlocked a new wave of investment in Reading town centre. New platforms, passenger footbridge and two new station entrances link to a new bus terminal. All platforms at the station have been lengthened to create room for longer trains and enhanced with new canopies, better waiting room facilities, customer toilets and retail outlets.
Non-stopping trains link Reading to London Paddington in less than half an hour with over 200 services a day.
Reading is a major train interchange and has direct trains to major destinations north, south east and west, including to Manchester, Birmingham and Newcastle to the north, Bristol and Wales to the west and Bournemouth and Southampton to the south. London is the easterly terminus. GWR, South West Trains and Cross Country Trains operate through Reading.
Electrification of the Great Western Mainline which connects Reading with London and the west of England will be complete by the end of 2017. Passenger rail transport services using the new high speed Hitachi trains is scheduled to start from 2018 on the Great Western Main Line.
The service will be more reliable and faster
Reading will reap the benefits that the extension of the Crossrail line will bring when the fully extended route opens in 2019. Reading will then have a direct line into London employment and business centres such as the West End, the City and Canary Wharf in under an hour. Crossrail website
Reading currently has a direct coach service to Heathrow taking just 40 minutes. With the planned Western Rail Access to Heathrow train line, Reading will have direct train services into the UK's international hub airport.
Reading and its surrounding business parks are well located on the M4 with easy access into London and west to Swindon, Bristol and Wales. It is also close to the A34 intersection with the M4, providing road access north and south.
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