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 plan and Green Park Station will further boost Reading’s status as an economic powerhouse.”