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  • Sharma welcomes Theale Station upgrade announcement | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    May 2013 Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has welcomed an announcement by First Great Western that 2 9 million improvement works to Theale Station are set to begin in October On Monday 13 May 2013 Alok met with representatives from Theale Parish Council Theale s Future West Berkshire Council First Great Western and Network Rail to hear about the completed plans for the station which will benefit from a new ticket office a new footbridge and associated lifts to improve access as well as the development of park and rail facility and a new pedestrian entrance Alok Sharma said Together with the Theale s Future organisation I lobbied hard to win funding for the upgrade to Theale Station and so I am very pleased to hear about the progress being made with the project Alok continued In addition to the recent makeover received by Pangbourne Station and the billion pound investment in Reading Station the improvements to Theale Station will be yet another example of how Reading is benefitting from the biggest rail modernisation programme since the Victorian era First Great Western s General Manager East Claire Mann said First Great Western pride s ourselves on putting our customers first and supporting the communities we serve We recognise the key role that rail travel has in supporting the local and national economy and we are delighted to be working with West Berkshire Council and Network Rail to develop this exciting multi million pound project Claire continued In the last year over 85 million has been invested across our network of 210 stations by working with rail industry partners the DfT and local authorities Amanda Hoyland Network Rail Route Enhancement Manager said Improving access to stations is an important part of building a bigger and better railway

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  • Sharma welcomes £180,000 revitalisation of Pangbourne station | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    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 Sharma welcomes 180 000 revitalisation of Pangbourne station 3rd May 2013 Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West on Friday 26 April 2013 visited Pangbourne Station with First Great Western to mark the completion of station improvements and a car park extension at Pangbourne station Following over 180 000 investment including Department for Transport Station Commercial Projects funding the car park has been extended to create an additional 35 spaces Further work has also seen the toilet facilities refurbished and upgraded as part of FGW s on going station improvement plans Alok Sharma said I am pleased that First Great Western has invested in improving parking facilities for my constituents at Pangbourne station and I know this will be appreciated by local rail users Alok continued More widely the government has embarked on the biggest rail modernisation programme since the Victorian era and Reading Station which also serves many of my constituents and where First Great Western is working with Network Rail to deliver a station fit for the 21st century is another excellent example of government investment in the railways Welcoming the MP First Great Western s Sara Hibberd said FGW are continually looking at ways to improve our stations and improve access to the full range of services that we can offer This 180 000 work will allow even more Pangbourne residents

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  • Sharma has preview of new Reading train station | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    2013 Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West was on Friday 15 March given a preview of what it will be like inside the new Reading Station before the new entrances and bridge open on 2nd April During the visit representatives from Network Rail explained how the 895 million redevelopment of the station and track will help to provide capacity for more trains reduce delays and generally improve the passenger experience Reading is one of the busiest parts of country s rail network and its complicated track layout constricts the number of trains that can run Currently six out of the ten most overcrowded journeys in the UK take place between Reading and London Work is ongoing to change the track layout as well as provide new entrances and five new platforms for the station which will help reduce congestion in the station Alok Sharma said I have often spoken out about the need to improve conditions for rail commuters in my constituency both in Parliament and in discussions with the network operators and ministers so I am absolutely delighted that the new Reading Station will be delivered ahead of schedule and the improvements will help to reduce overcrowding and improve the commuter experience Alok continued The new Reading station is a concrete example of this Government s commitment to delivering what is the largest and most ambitious investment in our railways across the country since Queen Victoria was on the throne The improvements will go a long way to ensuring that Reading remains a key transport hub connecting London with the South of England and a vital engine for economic growth Network Rail Communications Manager for Reading Station Eimear Fitzpatrick said The redevelopment will deliver five new platforms a better station and unblock the bottle neck at

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  • Sharma and Theale’s Future welcome announcement of access improvement at Theale station | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Theale s Future welcome announcement of access improvement at Theale station 8th December 2011 Alok Sharma Reading West MP and Roger York Chairman of Theale s Future which is a sub committee of Theale Parish Council have welcomed Rail Minister Norman Baker s announcement on Tuesday 6th December that Theale railway station will benefit from investment of 1 25 million to provide a new footbridge and three lifts which will make Theale station more easily accessible Theale s Future has been campaigning for improved access to Theale station and Alok has previously raised the matter with First Great Western which operates the station The Government funding is being provided as part of the Department for Transport s DfT Access for All scheme which is a key part of the Government s strategy to improve the accessibility of Great Britain s railway stations This funding is specifically targeted at providing infrastructure improvements at stations which will enable more disabled people to access the rail network First Great Western FGW which made the funding bid to the DfT s Access for All scheme will be working with Network Rail and the DfT to install the new footbridge and lifts FGW is now working on the timescales for implementation of the project Alok said I welcome the Government s 1 25 million investment which is excellent news for my constituents in Theale who travel by rail For many people whether they are elderly disabled or parents with prams getting from the station entrance and on to the train can be the hardest part of their trip and the improvements at Theale station will help make journeys easier Roger York Chairman of Theale s Future said Theale s Future and the community of Theale are extremely pleased with this news Access has long been

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  • Sharma and Bale welcome announcement of extra car parking spaces at Pangbourne station | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    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 Sharma and Bale welcome announcement of extra car parking spaces at Pangbourne station 29th November 2011 Alok Sharma Reading West MP and Pamela Bale Pangbourne District Councillor have welcomed First Great Western s announcement on Monday 28th November that Pangbourne railway station will benefit from an extra 35 car park spaces The improvement will make it significantly easier to park and will cater for growing passenger demand Alok and Pamela were approached by First Great Western to give their support to this initiative The extra parking spaces will be made available as a result of a cash injection of more than 180 000 after First Great Western successfully bid to secure funding from the Station Commercial Project Facility The Station Commercial Project Facility is a 100m Department for Transport industry improvement scheme which is administered by Network Rail and the Association of Train Operating Companies ATOC Alok said This is a welcome announcement for my constituents in Pangbourne who park at the station and commute by rail and this excellent news comes only a few days after the announcement of additional Government funded carriages which will benefit Reading s commuters Councillor Pamela Bale said The car park expansion will make a big difference for Pangbourne residents and businesses and I understand that detailed planning

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  • Good news on Reading Station access improvements bid | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    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 Good news on Reading Station access improvements bid 16th December 2010 The Department of Transport has announced that a 13 million scheme to improve access to an upgraded Reading Station has taken an important step forward with the Department announcing that it will be investing 9 6m towards improving access to Reading station which is one of the most critical rail hubs in Britain This follows work by Reading Borough Council to reduce scheme costs resulting in a saving of 36 per cent or 5 4m for the taxpayer and increased contributions from private developers The council will now invite tenders for the works with a view to seeking final approval from the Department in the summer of 2011 The scheme which includes two new multi modal interchanges as well as highway improvements will make it easier for road users bus passengers pedestrians and cyclists to access the station Commenting on the announcement Reading West MP Alok Sharma said This is very good news for Reading and is an excellent example of joined up government with the local council the Department of Transport and local MPs working together to deliver for all of Reading s commuters This scheme is on top of the 850 million rebuilding programme for Reading station which will deliver a 21st century train station and a regeneration of the local area Photo

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  • Securing infrastructure fit for the 21st Century: In the Press
    Station passenger bridge to close for major works Plans to widen M4 between Reading and Heathrow delight MP Reading Bridge repairs to help ease congestion New depot brings promise of cleaner and more reliable trains Pangbourne Station given 180 000 facelift Alok Sharma s Westminster Diary Thursday March 21 Politicians welcome changes for station I never feel safe on the platform Safety to be improved at station after rape Better

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  • Sharma chairs public meeting in Theale on sewage
    Hagger Thames Water s wastewater modelling manager Huw Thomas Local and Regional Government Liaison Officer at Thames Water and Ashley Book from Thames Water Operations were present at the meeting to answer questions from residents and to provide an update on improvement works taking place Councillor Alan Macro was also part of the panel During the meeting Thames Water confirmed that the recent persistent rain had put pressure on the water network but that Lambfields in Theale had been identified as a priority area for improvement It was agreed at the meeting that Thames Water would 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 Sharma said I was happy to organise and chair this latest meeting to help keep local residents updated on how Thames Water is managing the problems related to sewage Thames Water were able to confirm that improvement works are due to start in June and I hope this will provide some relief to residents However it is important that we get lasting solutions to sewage problems which have been ongoing for many years in Theale and the CCTV survey will hopefully help to identify the extent of work needed I will continue to make sure that the right level of investment from Thames Water goes into improving the sewage system in Theale Photo Alok Sharma chairs the public meeting with Ashley Book from Thames Water Operations Councillor Alan Macro Huw Thomas Local and Regional Government Liaison

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