Monday, 13 May 2013

News re lifts & other improvements to Theale station

I attended a meeting of the "Theale Station Liaison Group" this morning to get the latest news on the project to provide:

  • Lifts
  • New footbridge
  • New booking office

at Theale railway station.

The plans for the lift towers and footbridge have been approved by West Berkshire Council planners and detailed design is in progress. The booking office will be a modular building that will also include a waiting room. This does not need planning permission. It is also hoped that refreshment facilities will be provided, though this has not been finalised.

The lifts, new footbridge and booking office will be at the Reading end of the station car park. There will be a new pedestrian entrance from Brunel Road, to improve access to and from the business parks. This will require a ramp! 

The existing accesses to the platforms from the Station Road bridge will continue to be available. The existing ticket machine will remain and another will be provided outside the new booking office.

The current schedule is as follows:

Start on site: October 2013
Lift span installed: December 2013
Start of construction of ticket office: January 2014
Project complete: February 2014

The following images show what the finished project should look like:





The issue of manning hours for the station has still not been resolved. The train company believes that the lifts will only be available when the station is manned (though there is evidence that this is not the case for stations in other parts of the country). The station is currently only manned from 06:30 to 13:00 Mondays to Fridays and 06:45 to 11:30 on Saturdays.

The project is paid for by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, the National Station Improvement Programme and Access For All.

The Liaison Group consists of:

Alok Sharma, MP
First Great Western trains
Network Rail
West Berkshire Council
Theale Parish Council
Theale's Future
and myself




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