Berkshire

Green Park railway station approved for Reading

Green Park station plan Image copyright Peter Brett Associates
Image caption The new station will be near the Madejski Stadium

Plans for a new train station in Reading have been approved.

Green Park station will be built on the Reading to Basingstoke line near the Madejski Stadium, as part of a multi-million pound scheme to improve transport networks across Berkshire.

Plans for the station include a bus interchange, a park and ride and a multi-storey car park.

The planning application was approved by Reading Borough Council at a committee meeting on Wednesday evening.

West Berkshire Council raised no objections to the plans.

But Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) said it was awaiting assurances that the habitats of protected species, such as bats and grass snakes, would be preserved.

Construction work is set to begin in October 2016.

It is part of a £21.4m batch of schemes agreed by the Berkshire Local Transport Body and funded by the government.

Other schemes include road improvements in Newbury, Slough and Bracknell.

Image copyright Peter Brett Associates
Image caption A four-storey car park will provide spaces for 200 cars

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