Green Park Station is now likely to open in 2022.

Reading Borough Council has published an update on the works, delayed by lockdown, but, following the installation of the station’s footbridge, expects completion within three months and Network Rail to commission it before it opens during 2022.

The station, on the Reading to Basingstoke line, will have two platforms with disabled access and a multi-modal interchange with a surface-level car park, bus stops, taxi rank and cycle parking.

The council’s South Reading Mass Rapid Transit buses, between Mereoak Park & Ride and the town centre, will serve the station.

Cllr Tony Page, lead member strategic environment, planning and transport, said: “It is good to see real progress on the construction of the new Green Park Station with the new passenger footbridge in position.

“As with all major construction projects, the health emergency did cause some initial delays but, all being well, we are now around three months away from construction being complete. The station will then be commissioned by Network Rail and GWR before it can open for public use next 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 starting to take real shape with the installation of the new footbridge. We are working closely with the council and Network Rail to deliver a 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.”

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