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Reading station's £15m road revamp plan 'approved'

Plans for Reading railway station.
Image caption Reading railway station is being remodelled by Network Rail

A £15m roads project as part of the Reading train station revamp has been given conditional approval.

Reading council was set for £15m from the government to upgrade the road network, but the funding was put on hold as part of the Spending Review.

The Department for Transport (DfT) said it wanted to see savings, but was set to give the green light in January.

The station is being remodelled by 2013 to include five more platforms and two additional entrances.

A DfT spokesperson said: "The department will look carefully at the costs and scope of the scheme and explore possibilities to reduce costs and increase local contributions.

"We hope to agree a way forward on funding by January."

Reading West Conservative MP Alok Sharma said: "It is not full approval but it is certainly progress and a good sign.

"I am confident the council can take it forward and get full agreement."

The £850m revamp of the rail station was confirmed last week during a visit by transport minister Theresa Villiers.

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