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  • Green Park Station
    6 which starts in 2019 Alok expressed his concern to the Rail Minister that if the Reading to Basingstoke line was not electrified before the end of 2018 then trains may not be able to stop at the station Claire Perry confirmed that the electrification of the line would be delivered but she would investigate what could be done to ensure that trains could begin running at Green Park station at the earliest opportunity One of the options discussed during the meeting was for extra diesel trains to be provided on the line until electrification Alok Sharma said I really appreciate that Rail Minister Claire Perry always has an open to door to listening to constituency concerns raised by individual MPs There is no doubt that both she and her officials recognise the potential benefits the station at Green Park will bring for local businesses and residents as well as visitors to the Madejski Stadium I look forward to continuing to work with the Minister and her team to help make the case for running trains through Green Park prior to electrification of the line Alok continued Clearly there will be additional costs for the Department for Transport of running trains to Green Park before electrification is completed and it will therefore be vitally important that the station is completed and ready to accept any such services Claire Perry MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport said The development of the new station at Green Park and the introduction of electric trains will bring real benefits to local residents and rail users alike We are looking at how we can make sure these benefits are delivered as soon as possible Claire Perry continued Electrification of the Great Western Main Line is part of the biggest programme

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/print/1009 (2016-02-14)
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  • Sharma urges local people to respond to consultation on rail access to Heathrow
    Reduced congestion for rail passengers at Paddington Station Quicker journey times for staff working at Heathrow Potential to create 42 000 jobs and 800m of economic activity for the region Local residents and rail users can respond to the consultation online by visiting www networkrail co uk westernheathrowlink Alok Sharma said The new Reading Heathrow rail route will cut carbon emissions save local people time and most likely money and reduce congestion on the M4 and at Paddington Station With journey times currently estimated to be around 27 minutes Reading will arguably be more accessible from the airport by train than central London providing a huge incentive for businesses to locate and invest in the town Alok continued Simply put the new rail link would be good for local people good for business and good for the environment and I would urge anyone with questions or comments on the project to take part in this consultation Alok Sharma s response to the public consultation I would like to add my support as the Member of Parliament for Reading West to the plans to build a new rail link between Reading and Heathrow Based on the current business plan the new rail link would arguably save money for those travelling to Heathrow from Reading by train and would certainly save them time by cutting out the need to travel into Paddington The new route would also be significantly more convenient than driving or taking the coach service With journey times currently estimated to be around 27 minutes from Heathrow to Reading the town will arguably be more accessible from the airport by train than central London providing a huge incentive for businesses to locate and invest in the town The rail link will also reduce commuting times for those of my

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/print/823 (2016-02-14)
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  • Theale and Tilehurst Station upgrades still on track despite delays
    has agreed to intervene to speed up Network Rail s processes for signing a new contract so that the work could start as soon as possible The upgrade to Theale Station has received funding from the Government s Access for All scheme and will include improvements to the car park a new ticket office new cycle parking a refreshment area and new pedestrian entrance The station will also benefit from an upgraded CCTV system Alok played a pivotal role in lobbying for this funding together with Theale s Future a sub committee of Theale Parish Council Tilehurst Station is also due to receive an upgrade to the passenger walkway bridge to include new lifts but work has been delayed by Network Rail as it makes amendments to the bridge in preparation for electrification Alok Sharma said I am pleased to get confirmation that the upgrades to Tilehurst and Theale stations are still due to take place after an unexplained delay and I am grateful to the Minister for agreeing to intervene so these upgrades which will be of huge benefit to many of my commuting constituents can take place as soon as possible Rail Minister Claire Perry said Once again

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/print/800 (2016-02-14)
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  • Sharma welcomes Green Park Station approval
    Enterprise Partnership which has been established to prioritise funding for local major transport schemes devolved from the Department for Transport 6 4million of government funding will go towards to the building of the station as part of the Local Growth Deal agreed in July 2014 The building of the station will go ahead following the electrification of the Reading to Basingstoke line and is planned to open by the end of 2017 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 this year Alok Sharma said I am delighted that the business case for the development of Green Park station has now been approved following confirmation of government funding in July this year This project will provide a major boost for businesses and workers in my constituency The government has put improving local infrastructure at the heart of its long term economic plan and Green Park Station will further boost Reading s status as an economic powerhouse Campaign Securing infrastructure fit for the 21st Century Monday December 1 2014 Alok Sharma MP Reading West The Reading West constituency embraces parts of two local unitary

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/print/769 (2016-02-14)
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  • Sharma welcomes Crossrail extension to Reading
    last government and the increase in capacity between Reading and London will help to ease some of the congestion on this busy line Alok continued This announcement is a clear recognition of Reading s importance as an economic powerhouse and will improve further Reading s access to the City of London and Canary Wharf Under previous proposals the introduction of Crossrail as far as Maidenhead would have reduced the number of semi fast trains from Reading to London from 4 trains per hour to 2 trains per hour Alok has been lobbying Ministers to ensure that this did not negatively impact Great Western line services In a letter to Alok Transport Minister Stephen Hammond confirmed that the extension of Crossrail to Reading will mean the continuation of the current four trains per hour semi fast service between Reading and London wider connectivity for passengers travelling from Reading and enhanced flexibility for future timetabling The Minister also confirmed that the Department for Transport is consulting with Network Rail about the possibility of introducing additional loop facilities that would enable faster trains to overtake stopping services which could speed up Crossrail journeys between Reading and Central London Alok continued I look forward

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/print/666 (2016-02-14)
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  • Sharma welcomes massive government investment in roads
    a wider commitment by the government to publicly fund a pipeline of specific projects worth over 100 billion over the next parliament including over 70 billion in transport over 20 billion in schools and over 10 billion in science housing and flood defences Under government plans annual investment in major road schemes will be trebled by 2020 21 compared to today s levels and includes a commitment to building all available Highways Agency road projects to tackle the most congested parts of the network Alok Sharma said I am absolutely delighted to welcome the commitment by the Conservative led government to widen the M4 between Reading and London which as most Reading motorists will know is one of the most congested parts of the motorway network in the country Alok continued Reading is already benefiting 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 This new commitment to widen the M4 adds to a growing list of infrastructure projects which will secure Reading s status as an economic powerhouse

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/print/509 (2016-02-14)
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  • Sharma hosts business breakfast meeting in Parliament with Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership
    maths as well as a fragmented service to young people in need of support The objective is to reduce long term youth 16 24 Not in Education Employment or Training NEET across the sub region by delivering the LEP s ambition for the next generation workforce Finally Cllr David Lee Public Sector Director for Thames Valley Berkshire LEP spoke on how the City Deal which aims to ensure that young people can access local job opportunities in a seamless transition from education to employment is an example of a new way of working set out on the recent Heseltine report on economic growth The key infrastructure priority in the City Deal proposal is to speed up the delivery of a Western Rail Access link to Heathrow which has already secured the commitment of 500m from government Further achievements from Thames Valley Berkshire LEP were showcased including the second tranche of Local Pinch Point funding released to tackle road congestion with Thames Valley Berkshire authorities gaining six approvals out of their nine bids totalling 13 3 million and investment of 7 3 million of Growing Places Funds capital to create the TVB Funding Escalator with the commercialisation and expansion schemes already subject of 32 enquiries for a total of 2 09m and to date 850 000 of loans approved since February Alok Sharma said I was delighted to host this event in Parliament and to support the work of the local enterprise partnership and to meet some of the local business people in Reading with success stories to tell I will continue to work closely with the LEP to help maintain the Thames Valley as a vibrant hub for business and employment Steve Lamb Chair for Thames Valley Berkshire LEP commented The power behind our LEP is the collaborative momentum of

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/print/507 (2016-02-14)
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  • Sharma welcomes multi-million pound Government investment to alleviate congestion on pinch points in Reading West
    a 170 million Local Pinch Point Fund programme announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer at the 2012 Autumn Statement to remove bottlenecks on the local highway network which are impeding growth Alok Sharma said I am delighted the government will be providing the money to fund these essential projects in my constituency Congestion on Reading s roads has plagued many of my constituents for years and so this funding will come as a welcome relief to individuals and businesses alike Alok continued This announcement reflects the government s commitment to supporting economic growth by tackling barriers on the local highway network that are restricting the movement of goods and people and is further recognition of Reading s vital contribution to the wider economy The projects in Reading West included in the announcement are A4 Calcot The project involves improvements to a notorious traffic congestion issue in the Calcot area of Reading This part of the A4 serves as the main access route to from the M4 junction 12 to the residential areas of western Reading The project involves widening the road to provide an additional westbound traffic lane over a distance of 650m The opportunity will also be taken to make best use of the existing carriageway space to significantly lengthen the merge from the exit of the junction with Royal Avenue whilst lengthening the diverge lanes on the eastbound approach to the Langley Hill junction The project is expected to begin during the summer of 2014 with the completion scheduled by spring 2015 Value 1 992 million Reading A33 Congestion Relief The scheme removes a series of bottlenecks on the main strategic A33 route into Reading The proposed improvements would provide extra capacity for all traffic helping to ease current congestion and facilitate planned growth The scheme includes

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/print/499 (2016-02-14)
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