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Crossrail extends route to Reading

The government has announced that Crossrail will be extended to Reading

According to the AJ’s sister publication Construction News, the extension of the cross-London rail link will see the addition of two new station stops at Twyford and Reading.

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Crossrail route extension to Reading screenshot Mar 2014

London’s east-west rail line, which is currently under construction, will now serve a total of 40 stations along the entire route when it fully opens in 2019.

The Department for Transport and Transport for London said they hope the extension will ease pressures on freight services and open up a wider network of destinations for passengers. Reading station is already undergoing a £897 million redevelopment and the proposed arrival of Crossrail is not expected to impact on the ongoing expansion programme being masterminded by Grimshaw.

Rail minister Stephen Hammond said: “It will improve connectivity and deliver greater choice and convenience for passengers travelling into London.

‘It will also make better use of the already congested Great Western Main Line, freeing up capacity for further improvements including potential direct services from Reading to Heathrow as part of the Western Access Scheme.’

Hammond has also requested that Network Rail does a cost-benefit analysis of increasing the number of faster trains between Reading and Paddington.

London mayor Boris Johnson said: ‘I am thrilled that the people of Reading and Twyford will be able to take advantage of Crossrail, putting them on the doorstep of London’s main employment centres by directly linking them to the City and West End in world-class style.’

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