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  • Green Park Station | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    is due to be built by the end of 2018 but Network Rail has indicated in the Hendy Review that the Reading to Basingstoke line on which Green Park station will be located will not be electrified by then As electric trains can accelerate quicker than diesel trains this could have an impact on train timetabling The Hendy Review identifies the electrification of the Reading to Basingstoke line as a project that can be developed during Control Period 5 which runs until the end of 2018 and then delivered in Control Period 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

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  • Hendy Review | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Hendy Review 26th November 2015 Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has expressed his disappointment with the delay to the electrification of the Reading to Basingstoke line and the impact on Green Park station As part of the Government s Spending Review the Chancellor has announced that he will increase the Department for Transport s capital spending budget for investment in transport infrastructure to 61billion over the course of this Parliament which represents an increase of more than 50 compared to the previous Parliament Network Rail have simultaneously published Sir Peter Hendy s review on resetting Network Rail s enhancements programme The full report is available online here Alok Sharma said The Government is undertaking the biggest programme of railway modernisation since the Victorian era and I welcome the commitment made by the Chancellor in his Spending Review to increase the Department for Transport s capital spending this Parliament by 50 to 61 billion and to ensure the electrification of the Great Western line goes ahead as a priority Alok continued It is clearly disappointing that the delays to electrification of the Reading to Basingstoke line will impact plans for a new station at Green Park I will continue to lobby the Department for Transport and to work closely with Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership to ensure that trains begin running to Green Park station at the earliest opportunity Steve Capel Davies member of the Thames Valley Berkshire LEP Forum and Joint Chairman of the Berkshire Strategic Transport Forum says It s very disappointing to hear that electrification is to be delayed until Control Period 6 i e between 2019 and 2024 Despite this news the LEP and

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  • Green Park station | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Secretary of State for Transport to discuss proposals for a new station at Green Park Business Park in Reading Network Rail is currently undergoing a review into all major infrastructure projects planned over the next five years including electrification of the Great Western line to ensure that they remain within budget In June the Transport Secretary appointed Sir Peter Hendy former head of Transport for London to oversee this review Alok requested the meeting to seek assurances from the Transport Secretary that proposals for a new rail station at Green Park Station would be fully considered in any decisions made following the outcome of the Hendy review The new station at Green Park is fully funded having secured a funding allocation through the Thames Valley Berkshire Growth Deal and Section 106 private sector developer contributions However the project could face difficulties if the electrification of the Reading Basingstoke line was delayed beyond December 2018 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 last year The new station will benefit many hundreds of employees working at Green Park Business Park and help reduce road congestion on football and rugby match days at the Madejski Stadium During the meeting Mr McLoughlin assured Alok that the electrification of the Great Western line remained the Government s top priority but that he would look into the Green Park station proposals and write to Alok with further details Alok Sharma said After years of chronic underinvestment in our railways infrastructure the Government is now investing record amounts to ensure it remains fit for purpose as well as able to accommodate the record number of trains It is important that governments regularly review all major infrastructure projects to ensure

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  • Sharma urges local people to respond to consultation on rail access to Heathrow | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    new service will operate four times an hour and the line will be almost entirely tunnelled so will cause very limited disruption for local people Based on the current route plans journey times are expected to be 27 minutes from Heathrow to Reading The current business case for the project estimates that a return ticket from Reading will cost around 14 which is less than the cost of the current coach service Other benefits of the scheme include Reduced CO2 emissions from car journeys Reduced road congestion on the M4 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

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  • Theale and Tilehurst Station upgrades still on track despite delays | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Reservoir Campaign Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Theale and Tilehurst Station upgrades still on track despite delays 16th January 2015 Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West pressed for answers on when upgrade works will take place at Tilehurst and Theale stations during a meeting held last week with First Great Western Managing Director Mark Hopwood and Rail Minister Claire Perry MP Mark Hopwood was able to confirm that both station upgrades were still due to take place Work at Theale Station has been delayed while Network Rail re negotiates contracts to ensure proper governance and to head off any implications regarding State Aid and Competition Law following their reclassification as a public sector body on 1 September 2014 At Alok s request Rail Minister Claire Perry 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

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  • Sharma welcomes Green Park Station approval | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    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 welcomes Green Park Station approval 1st December 2014 Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has welcomed the news that Green Park Station has had its business case approved by the Berkshire Local Transport Body The Berkshire Local Transport Body BLTB is a partnership of the six Berkshire authorities and Thames Valley Berkshire Local 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

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  • Sharma welcomes Crossrail extension to Reading | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    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 Crossrail extension to Reading 27th March 2014 Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has today welcomed the news announced today by Transport Minister Stephen Hammond that Crossrail will be extended to Reading The announcement means that from 2019 Reading commuters will benefit from an increased number of trains into Paddington station and for the first time will have direct access to the City of London and Canary Wharf without having to change trains Alok Sharma said I have been discussing the case for extending Crossrail to Reading with the Department for Transport for some time and I therefore welcome this announcement Frankly this extension should have happened under the 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

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  • Sharma welcomes massive government investment in roads | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    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 massive government investment in roads 28th June 2013 Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has 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 yesterday that it would introduce four lane capacity to 31 miles of the M4 Motorway between Theale and the A312 at Heathrow Airport subject to the usual tests of value for money and deliverability The announcement forms part of 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

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