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  • Good news on Reading Station access improvements bid
    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 Transport Minister Norman Baker at Reading Station with Pat Baxter Rob Wilson MP Councillor Richard Willis Councillor Kirsten Bayes Alok Sharma MP and Councillor Andrew Cumpsty Campaign Securing infrastructure fit for the 21st Century Thursday December 16 2010 Alok Sharma MP Reading

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  • Securing infrastructure fit for the 21st Century: In the Press | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    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 Securing infrastructure fit for the 21st Century In the Press Ministers confirm Crossrail to be extended from Maidenhead to Reading I never feel safe on the platform Plans for Green Park station serving Reading FC s Madejski Stadium on track after Government pledges 32m for transport projects across Reading Reading MPs welcome fantastic day for the future of the town Prime Minister David Cameron visits Reading to look at new rail infrastructure projects Reading 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

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  • Sewage problems in Theale | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    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 Sewage problems in Theale Sharma chairs public meeting in Theale on sewage Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West on Thursday 1 May 2014 chaired a public meeting for residents in Theale about problems relating sewage Read more Alok Sharma MP Reading West The Reading West constituency embraces parts of two local unitary

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  • Supporting Heathrow | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    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 Supporting Heathrow Thames Valley businesses reject new estuary airport Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West on Monday 1st July 2014 chaired a debate in Parliament at which business leaders from the Thames Valley made clear their opposition to propo Read more Reading West MP welcomes revised expansion plans published by Heathrow Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has today welcomed the publication of a revised expansion plan published by Heathrow Airport for submission to the Airports Commission Read more Sharma visits Heathrow to discuss airport expansion plans Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West last week visited Heathrow Airport to find out more about the airport s plans for expansion and how this

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  • Alok Sharma calls for action on airport capacity
    number of passengers flying from UK regional airports to transfer at overseas hubs such as Schiphol and Charles de Gaulle That represents a loss of business and jobs to the UK that we should do everything we can to retain I note the Transport Committee s recommendation of a third runway at Heathrow and I commend it on the urgency of its deliberations It has come to a conclusion a lot faster than the Davies commission which will release its interim report at the end of this year There has been discussion of the costs which I am sure will continue but the proposed expansion of Heathrow would have much less of an impact on public expenditure and the Exchequer than a Thames estuary airport The other innovative proposal that I have found interesting to learn about is the Heathrow hub proposed by the Centre for Policy Studies It talks about doubling capacity from two to four runways and suggests that that can be done at no cost to the public purse Zac Goldsmith Is my hon Friend not slightly alarmed that that study takes no account at all of the extra impact of congestion Just a third runway would lead to an extra 25 million road passenger journeys a year and a fourth would presumably have more or less the same effect Can he explain how our roads would be able to handle 50 million extra road passenger journeys a year to and from Heathrow Does he share my concern that the costs simply do not exist in the report that he cited Alok Sharma Clearly that is exactly what the Davies commission should come up with I am not suggesting that the CPS s proposal is the only one in town I am just highlighting it as a particularly interesting one We have waited a long time for a conclusion so we might as well see what the Davies commission comes up with but the one thing I would find disturbing in any final recommendation would be a solution that ultimately led to the closure of Heathrow That would be bad news for business and jobs I do not agree with the right hon Member for Tottenham Mr Lammy who is no longer in his place about everything but I do agree with his points about the impact that it would have not just in London but in the western wedge which covers areas such as the Thames valley and Reading which I represent As he said a report commissioned by a range of local enterprise partnerships covering the Thames valley Buckinghamshire west London and Oxfordshire concluded that 1 in every 10 of UK economic output is generated in the western wedge area around Heathrow and that aviation and related activity at Heathrow supports about 120 000 jobs there If a new hub airport was to be built to the east of London and Heathrow was to be closed by 2030 because I do not think anybody is

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  • Train Overcrowding | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    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 Train Overcrowding First Great Western Another victory for MP s campaign to increase standard class seating Read more Victory for MP s campaign to increase standard class seating Having launched a petition in November 2014 signed by many hundreds of local commuters which called on First Great Western to relieve over crowding in Standard Class carriages Alok Sharma the M Read more Sharma holds constructive meeting with First Great Western and Rail Minister on overcrowding MP CALLS FOR REMOVAL OF FIRST CLASS ON LOCAL STOPPING SERVICES Read more MP launches petition for overcrowded trains to be declassified Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has today launched a petition which calls on First Great Western to declassify First Class carriages on its trains during the busiest period Read more New investment with renewed First Great Western franchise welcomed Commenting on the announcement that First Great Western has signed an agreement with the Department for Transport to continue operating the Great Western Mainline franchise until 20th September 201 Read more Sharma welcomes Government commitment to smart ticketing Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West today welcomed Government proposals to bring smart ticketing to Reading and across the South West Read more Rail Minister welcomes Sharma s well thought through contribution on rail sector reform Alok Sharma MP for Reading West held an

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  • Alok Sharma leads Parliamentary debate on rail ticketing and overcrowding
    and mine He is known as a great champion of the commuters in his constituency In the autumn statement the Chancellor announced a 45 million investment to extend smart ticketing across the south east As my hon Friend has just pointed out smart ticketing could make a massive difference to passengers and enable train operators to offer multi ticketing options For example the three days a week commuter could benefit from a pay as you go system but paying the reduced season ticket price or buy 12 journeys for the cost of 10 There are many permutations that would bring more value for money for passengers If franchise agreements are to last for 15 years they need to be flexible enough to cope with changes to technology and I hope that that will be factored in Train operators should also be encouraged to innovate in the way that train classes are categorised Perhaps some lessons could be learned from the airline industry in that regard In that industry many operators now offer a range of options including premium economy and I do not see why that could not be replicated across the railways As an example Chiltern Railways is experimenting with the option of a new premium economy business zone which allows passengers to upgrade by paying a supplement of 20 The upgrade includes a guaranteed seat and access to wi fi without the extra unnecessary and costly frills of first class The new service can be purchased without having to buy a separate ticket or pay a full first class fare That represents the sort of imaginative approach that I would like to see considered in new franchise agreements I am happy to stand corrected but I understand that it is not currently possible for the same operator to offer differential fares on the same line Let us take the Reading to Paddington line as an example A fast service takes 30 to 35 minutes and a local stopping train takes about an hour yet there is no difference in ticket pricing between the two services One could imagine however that a significant fare discount for those using only the locally stopping service would be an attractive option for some commuters In any such scenario it would be important to ensure that those using the fast services did not suddenly see a huge uplift in their fares Additionally for the services to be viable sufficient rolling stock would need to be available to cover both route options adequately Longer franchises and the consequent greater requirement for operators to invest in new rolling stock could eventually present an opportunity for them to consider differential pricing Finally I want to cover the reduction of overall industry costs that would in turn lead to reduced pressure on ticket price rises The McNulty review concluded that UK rail was the most expensive in Europe compared with some benchmark countries The review also found scope for industry costs to be reduced by 30 by 2018 19 reflecting the fact that passengers and taxpayers in the UK currently pay an average of about 30 more in fares and subsidy than those in comparable European countries McNulty noted that the key barriers to efficiency in the sector included the fragmentation of the industry and the current franchising and fare structures I have already commented on franchising and fare structures and I agree that industry fragmentation can be a barrier The planned operational alliance between South West Trains and Network Rail on trains operating out of Waterloo is one way of getting industry players to work more closely together for the ultimate benefit of passengers and if it works it could be a model for others to follow I acknowledge the good work that the Government have already done to tackle overcrowding and rising rail fares but there are imaginative solutions that train operators could adopt to provide much more value for money for rail commuters I am looking forward greatly to the publication of the Government s rail Command Paper and fares review and of course to the Minister s response this evening 10 48 pm The Minister of State Department for Transport Mrs Theresa Villiers I congratulate my hon Friend the Member for Reading West Alok Sharma on securing the debate and on his interesting and well thought through contribution on the issues that face not only his constituents who commute but rail passengers across the country There is no doubt that there are significant concerns about overcrowding on a number of routes at particular times of the day including those used by his constituents The Government take those concerns very seriously We also take seriously the problems on routes into a number of cities around the country That is one of the reasons why even in these difficult times for the public finances the Government have prioritised investment in our rail network As my hon Friend has generously highlighted the programme of capacity expansion to which we are committed is bigger than anything seen since the Victorian era and a number of the most ambitious and important changes will be taking place in the Great Western franchise area which serves my hon Friend s constituents in Reading Our programme includes a new fleet of IEP intercity express programme electric and bi mode trains built in Newton Aycliffe in County Durham electrification of the lines linking Paddington and Bristol Cardiff Oxford and Newbury upgrades to signalling and train operating systems provision of an electric suburban fleet a massive redevelopment of Reading station Crossrail infrastructure works and rolling stock introduction including improvements to Paddington and last but not least redoubling the Swindon to Kemble line All that is on top of the current programme that is delivering the 48 carriages that will benefit the Great Western franchise I am pleased to say that as part of that roll out two additional three car trains class 150s started in full service on the Reading to Basingstoke line

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  • Battle Health Petition | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    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 Battle Health Petition Sharma launches health petition to expand GP services in Battle Ward Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has today launched a Health Petition at Grovelands Medical Centre calling on Reading Borough Council to spend without delay money previously Read more Alok Sharma MP Reading West The Reading West constituency embraces parts of

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