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  • Securing infrastructure fit for the 21st Century | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    work by the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership to provide direct access to Heathrow Airport from Reading Station for the first time as part of the new Western Rail Access link Work is due to start on the project during 2017 and should be completed by the end of 2021 Green Park Station 6 4million of government funding will go towards to the building of Green Park station as part of the government s Local Growth Deal agreed with Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership in July 2014 Alok played a key role in lobbying for this funding and made the case for the Green Park Station during a Parliamentary debate in May 2014 Reading West Station Alok demanded action be taken to improve lighting and safety at Reading West Station after a series of crimes were reported at the station Alok has lobbied for improved accessibility at Reading West station including a new bridge with lifts and ramps to improve accessibility from the road Theale Station Alok lobbied hard to win funding from the Department for Transport for the upgrade to Theale Station The station will see improvements to the car park a new ticket office new cycle parking a refreshment area a new CCTV system and new pedestrian entrance Alok has lobbied First Great Western and Network Rail to deliver this project quickly after delays as a result of the contract for works having to be re drafted following Network Rail s reclassification as a public sector body in September 2014 to ensure proper governance and to head off any implications regarding State Aid and Competition Law Tilehurst Station Tilehurst Station is currently undergoing improvement works to install a new footbridge to improve accessibility Pangbourne Station Pangbourne Station has benefited from more than 180 000 investment to improve parking facilities and refurbish the station toilet facilities Road Network Alok welcomed a government commitment to widen the M4 between Reading and London as part of the biggest programme of investment in roads since the 1970s The Government announced that it would introduce four lane capacity to 31 miles of the M4 Motorway between Theale and the A312 at Heathrow Airport Alok supported the 3 5 million in funding announced in the Chancellor s 2012 Autumn Statement to help alleviate congestion in Reading West constituency at two of the town s most notorious pinch points on the Bath Road and A33 Next steps Alok will continue to lobby to bring investment to the infrastructure of Reading and to help maintain Reading s status as a vibrant economic hub Alok will continue to campaign for better access for Reading s cyclists across the town Alok says Reading has benefited greatly from the government s substantial investment in railways and roads including a billion pound investment in Reading station improvements to Pangbourne and Theale stations as well as funding to relieve congestion on the A4 in Calcot and on the A33 The commitment to widen the M4 adds to a growing

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/campaigns/infrastructure (2016-02-14)
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  • Sewage problems in Theale | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Boosting primary school places in Reading Delivery of Purley Bund Flood alleviation for Keswick Close and Ogmore Close Flood alleviation for Kingsley Close in Whitley NatWest Branch Closure in Pangbourne No to Pincents Hill Development Number 33 Bus Route Number 33 Bus Route Survey Save the Bath Road Reservoir Campaign Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Sewage problems in Theale The issue The Lambfields site in Theale has for a number of years had problems with sewers flooding which has required large tankers to park for long periods of time and pump sewage out During wet weather some roads in Theale were affected by sewage flooding and some properties also suffered sewage back ups Achievements to date Alok has lobbied Thames Water for action to resolve the flooding issues caused by blocked pipes and old pumping equipment Alok held two public meetings for residents to receive updates on works with Thames Water Thames water agreed to carry out works including Upgrade the pumping station to increase the efficiency of the existing pumps which should reduce the need to rely on tankers Provide special sealing plates on manhole covers to divert surface rainwater from waste water system to prevent the sewers from overflowing Clear any pipes that are known to be blocked Carry out a CCTV survey to identify any further problems or defects in the pipe system Alok says Having your home flooded with sewage is absolutely dreadful so I am delighted that after several years of suffering residents will get some relief from the sewage tankers and work is being done to prevent flooding from occurring in the future I will continue to make sure that the right level of investment from Thames Water goes into improving

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/campaigns/sewage_theale (2016-02-14)
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  • Supporting Heathrow Airport | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    brings jobs and business investment to Reading and the Thames Valley Department for Transport projections indicate that all airports in the South East of England will be full by 2030 and the Government has tasked the Airports Commission to find a solution to this problem The Airports Commission will announce its final proposals in June 2015 Achievements to date Alok has spoken in Parliament on a number of occasions to argue against diminishing the role of Heathrow in favour of another hub airport Alok has expressed his preference for both Heathrow and Gatwick Airports expanding and has urged all political parties to commit to carrying out the proposals recommended by the Airports Commission In July 2014 Alok chaired a business forum in Westminster for Thames Valley businesses to have their say on the future of airport capacity in the UK the attendees unanimously rejected proposals for a new airport in the Thames Estuary which would lead to the closure of Heathrow Alok has welcomed Heathrow s expansion plans which would provide at least 100bn of UK economic benefits and 100 000 new UK jobs Alok has spoken at a number of high profile events and debates on the future of airport capacity in the UK including events organised by the Association of British Travel Agents Airports UK and the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership Next steps Alok will continue to support Heathrow Airport and the jobs and investment it brings to Reading Alok says Heathrow is a vital economic asset which helps support many jobs across the Thames Valley Ten percent of the UK s economic output is generated in the western wedge area around Heathrow and so it is in everyone s interest to see the airport continue to thrive Reading would particularly benefit from Heathrow s plans

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/campaigns/heathrow (2016-02-14)
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  • Tackling overcrowding on trains | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    483 extra seats available during the morning peak and 1 731 extra seats during the evening peak hours for Reading passengers Alok held a Parliamentary debate on rail ticketing on overcrowding in March 2012 during which he pressed the Government to take action to alleviate overcrowding on Reading trains by converting First Class carriages into Standard Class and introducing more flexible ticketing options such as Smart ticketing similar to London s Oyster card system The Government announced in July 2012 that it intended to bring Smart ticketing to Reading as part of the obligations of the train operating company starting a new franchise on the great western line Alok launched a petition in November 2014 calling on FGW to declassify First Class carriages on its trains during the busiest periods and to publish data on the number of times it declassifies trains on a daily basis Alok has welcomed the introduction of 3 000 extra Standard Class seats a day after First Great Western agreed to convert First Class carriages to Standard Class The conversion means that all trains going into London Paddington from Reading have just 1 5 First Class carriages Alok has welcomed the news that new Intercity Express Trains which will provide faster smoother journeys with increased capacity will be introduced on the Great Western line from 2017 Next steps Alok will continue to campaign on behalf of commuters to get value for money from tickets to increase capacity on the railway to reduce overcrowding and to bring Smart ticketing to Reading Alok says For me increasing the number of Standard Class seats is still a work in progress but I hope that the common sense policy of converting First Class carriages to Standard Class will see an end to rows and rows of empty First Class

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/campaigns/train_overcrowding (2016-02-14)
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  • Tackling potholes in Reading West | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    33 Bus Route Survey Save the Bath Road Reservoir Campaign Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Tackling potholes in Reading West The issue Extreme winter weather and flooding in early 2014 accelerated the need to repair local roads as potholes blighted drivers journeys and became a danger for cyclists Achievements to date Alok welcomed the news in March that the Department for Transport would be providing an additional 151 947 to Reading Borough Council and an extra 1 489 480 to West Berkshire Council as part of a 183 5 million emergency fund made available to help repair local roads damaged by severe weather This funding was allocated using a formula based on road length with extra money made available specifically for roads in flood affected local authorities In June the Government allocated an additional 163 833 in Reading Borough and 798 707 in West Berkshire on top of the annual roads budget to tackle thousands of potholes across Reading West Alok carried out a survey in 2014 across all homes in Reading West and raised any concerns residents had about potholes with the relevant council In December 2014 the Government announced that a record 6 billion will be spent on tackling potholes and improving local roads between 2015 and 2021 Reading Borough Council will receive 7 685 000 over this period while West Berkshire Council will receive 22 520 000 Next steps Alok will continue to assist constituents who raise concerns about potholes and press the relevant council when work needs to be carried out Alok says Poorly maintained local roads blighted by potholes are a menace to all road users so it is vital we have good quality roads The Government has already taken strong action

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/campaigns/potholes (2016-02-14)
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  • Past Campaigns | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    to start exporting Helping residents with flooding issues Justice for John Morland and Kris Jarvis New secondary school in west Reading Oak Processionary Moth Outbreak in Pangbourne Pangbourne Business Rates Public meetings held with Thames Valley Police Safe road crossing on Dee Road Securing future for Circuit Lane Surgery Securing infrastructure fit for the 21st Century Sewage problems in Theale Supporting Heathrow Airport Tackling overcrowding on trains Tackling potholes in Reading West Past Campaigns Exporting for Growth Seminar Battle Health Petition Boosting primary school places in Reading Delivery of Purley Bund Flood alleviation for Keswick Close and Ogmore Close Flood alleviation for Kingsley Close in Whitley NatWest Branch Closure in Pangbourne No to Pincents Hill Development Number 33 Bus Route Number 33 Bus Route Survey Save the Bath Road Reservoir Campaign Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Past Campaigns Printer friendly version Sign up for my e newsletter Email Address First Name Last Name Postcode Tweets by AlokSharma RDG View Working for Reading West in a larger map Alok Sharma Alok Sharma MP Reading West The Reading West constituency embraces parts of two local unitary authorities Reading Borough

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/pastcampaigns (2016-02-14)
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  • "Exporting for Growth" Seminar | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Exporting for Growth Seminar On Friday 29th June 2012 Alok Sharma MP for Reading West and Richard Benyon MP for Newbury jointly held an exports themed seminar entitled Exporting for Growth Alok and Richard organised the event to offer practical advice and assistance to local businesses interested in growing their exports or starting to export for the first time The seminar was held at the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre at the Madejski Stadium and was attended by around 100 people representing more than 70 local businesses in Reading and West Berkshire The event was opened by Alok and Richard who welcomed attendees and outlined their vision for an export led recovery Presentations followed from Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership on the local Berkshire economy the priorities of the Local Enterprise Partnership and how businesses could get involved with the local business community to Collaborate for Growth Lord Green Minister for Trade and Investment on the need to reform the economy away from a reliance on consumption fuelled by debt towards a more sustainable model based on trade and inward investment Lord Green also answered questions from business leaders on what the Government was doing to improve access to finance UK Trade Investment on the support available to businesses looking to explore overseas markets with advice on key target markets to approach The Institute of Directors on working with export licences and practical best practice advice The response to the event was overwhelmingly positive and attendees expressed an interest in attending further sessions The aim therefore is to organise a some further events showcasing export case studies from a range of sectors and offering further practical advice to local businesses interested in exporting Alok says There has been

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/campaigns/exportfair (2016-02-14)
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  • Battle Health Petition | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    in the West Village in Battle ward concerned that the approximately 1 5 million being provided by housing developers previously designated to improve local health facilities may not be allocated effectively by Reading Borough Council In 2006 Reading PCT signed a section 106 agreement with building developers which agreed to sell land to developers in exchange for a shell and core building for housing a Health and Well Being Centre on the Oxford Road at the site of the former Battle Hospital However plans for the centre were cancelled in December 2011 following the opening of the Reading Walk In Centre in the Broad Street Mall Despite the decision to cancel the new centre on the Oxford Road NHS Berkshire and local Clinical Commissioning Group leaders expressed recognition of the fact that GP practices within the locality need help to improve their premises to enable them to provide more services to patients and agreed to work with Reading Borough Council to find an appropriate way to spend the section 106 money for the benefit of health services in the local area Achievements to date Alok wrote to Reading Borough Council to seek assurances about how the section 106 money would be spent but residents expressed concerns in the response which stated the money might no longer be spent on improving health services for local people but would hold a consultation which would properly consider its use in the wider community context Alok launched a petition calling on Reading Borough Council to spend the money without delay on expanding GP services and improving local healthcare facilities Next steps Alok will continue to press Reading Borough Council to spend the money on expanding health services for the benefit of local people Alok says This is a large sum of money that could

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/campaigns/battlehealth (2016-02-14)
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