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Author Topic: Reading Green Park  (Read 71037 times)
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« on: March 25, 2009, 12:59:50 pm »

This has been cleared by the ORR: http://www.transportbriefing.co.uk/story.php?id=5741

Seems like a very odd way of financing a station - I am very unconvinced about these PPP's. Surely all stations should be owned by NR and not some outside company? I imagine the passenger will end up paying through the nose as usual!

Will it be of much use to those attending the Reading FC ground?
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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2009, 03:00:39 pm »

I agree that it's a strange way to finance and operate a station, but that seems to be the way we're heading. Why the extra few pennies to turn it into a 6-car platform can't be found though I don't know.

It could be a very useful station for the Madjeski Stadium as I will be less than a mile away from it. Green Park is already quite a big complex and set to expand further on land nearer to the site of this new station, so it will also prove very popular for people going to work there from Basingstoke and Reading.

It's also very close to the M4, so perhaps there is a 'Reading Parkway' potential that could also be exploited? It's a shame that land on the other side of the tracks is very low-lying and full of lakes as that would have given the site even more potential.
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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2009, 04:42:39 pm »

Web site says.

"The two-platform station design will accommodate five car train sets, with space for future extensions, connected by a footbridge with disabled access lifts. Work on site is expected to begin by the end of this month."

As industry insider says why not go for 6 * 23m to start. It shouldn't cost too much more.

How close is it to Southcote junction?

Is there room for a Basingstoke train to be stopped in the platform and let another train onto the line and clear Southcote otherwise it could cause delays to Berks and Hants trains.

PPP basically means that whoever rents the station (Netwrokrail?) will pay considerably more to lease the station over many years than had they built it  themselves and paid interest on borrowed capital.


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« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2009, 06:13:10 pm »

I think this new station has a lot to do with planning permission for Green Park, Reading Borough has added things like this in other business parks.

Its a good deal for NR they get an increase in train usage hence track access charges without the grief of looking after the station as the landlord.

The new station should be well clear of Southcott Jcn as I think the new station will be quite close to the M4
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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2009, 10:51:49 pm »

Has anyone seen any signs of activity on the site yet? Ages since I was up that stretch of line unfortunately. 

"Station construction works are scheduled to commence early 2009 and the station should be open by early 2010."
According to this:

http://www.greenparkvillage.co.uk/station.html

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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2009, 10:16:10 am »

No, I went up and down that line last Thursday and there wasn't any indication of activity.
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« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2010, 10:30:02 pm »

No, I went up and down that line last Thursday and there wasn't any indication of activity.

And to confirm that almost a year on, and after the supposed opening date, there's still no sign of any construction work taking place.  Does anybody know what the hold-up is?  Has the scheme been quietly dropped?  The Green Park website only makes mention to a February 2008 press release giving final approval: http://www.greenpark.co.uk/cms/pdfs/GP_NEWS_FEB08.pdf
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« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2010, 01:46:31 pm »

Does anybody know what the hold-up is? 

Nobody?  Huh
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« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2010, 02:44:26 pm »

I wasn't going to bother pointing it out, but could there have been a recession?  Huh

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« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2010, 03:11:48 pm »

I think there was, yes.  Roll Eyes  Shouldn't that lead to an official announcement of a delay or cancellation though?

The latest news I could find comes from the excellent Reading Chronicle: http://www.readingchronicle.co.uk/news/reading/articles/2009/11/01/42644-station-developers-ecobacktrack-/ - which talks of a change in specification last November (i.e. post recession), but still states that the work should now have started and be largely completed ready for a November opening this year.  That clearly isn't going to happen.  I'm a little surprised that there's not more public interest in what is a rare opening of a new station in England.
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« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2010, 05:13:06 pm »

I think there's a different media interest when 'the railway' announces an opening proposal.  This seems to be firmly associated with the overall development in the area - and I don't think it's something NR or FGW have publicised much?

So does that lead to less potential for 'railway bashing' by the local media, because as far as folk in Reading are concerned it's just part of yet another out of town development, and there's a sort of complacency because they are going on to their own agenda and timescales?

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« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2011, 09:27:16 am »

At last, some news on this project, but sadly it's not good news!

http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/s/2102282_green_park_station_plan_hits_the_buffers
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« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2013, 12:10:25 pm »

A bit of positive news regarding Reading Green Park station:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-25198432
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« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2013, 02:50:38 pm »

Positive news indeed. But, that station name...

Makes me all misty eyed for another 'Green Park' that will never again see a train.

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« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2013, 02:55:51 pm »

I can assure you Green Park in Reading looks nothing like that....

There was also talk of opening a station at Suttons Industrial Park to the east of Reading but I think that has died a death.
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