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Newbury railway station set for £6million upgrade

Improved connections for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport planned

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Newbury railway station set for £6million upgrade

NEWBURY railway station looks set for a major £6million upgrade.

Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership has earmarked funds for the multi-million pound revamp which will see improved connections for pedestrians, cyclists and those using public transport, with office space also planned.

The improvements would also “complement” the recently approved Market Street development which will see 232 homes built on land between the station and Market Street.

However, with the money now allocated, West Berkshire Council, along with Great Western Railway (GWR), are hoping to confirm the funding by presenting a detailed business case for the scheme to the LEP.

GWR Regional development manager, Tom Pierpoint, said: “This deal will deliver improvements for our passengers at a time when we are undergoing the greatest upgrade to trains and track in a generation. 

“The project will complement the Market Street development and will provide better access to the station for those arriving on foot, cycle and public transport.

“We also intend to provide office space for start-up businesses, which will be a great opportunity to be so well connected to the GWR network, developing and strengthening the local economy.”

The allocated funds follow stringent assessment of the proposed scheme by the Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) with the funding coming from the Government’s decision to award the LEP over £35 million pounds in its latest Growth Deal.

West Berkshire’s executive member for highway’s and transport, Jeanette Clifford, said: “We are absolutely delighted that we have been allocated funding for this important joint improvement project.

“That out of all the schemes put forward from across the whole region ours was ranked second proves what a great project it is - and is a real mark of confidence in Newbury and the wider District.

“We will get a station fit for the future, one that can accommodate more passengers, and with enhanced links to other means of travel.

“There will be better parking too.

“The improvements will also complement the upcoming Market Street development, all part of the plan to provide a brand new urban village and gateway to the town centre. We are very, very pleased with this news and are already working on the full business case.”

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  • Ihavenonickname

    07/02/2017 - 14:02

    So will the station redevelopment be coordinated with the Newbury Gateway development or will it be done in isolation giving us twice the inconvenience? Oh and some EV rapid chargers for use by the public and taxis wools be a good idea to build into the scheme.

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  • NewburyResident

    07/02/2017 - 13:01

    you can't make it up with these WBC Muppets. They give land worth millions away to a developer for free, necessitating the removal of the bus station further from the railway station and then want to spend £6million more for improvements for those arriving at the station on public transport (presumably the buses rather than just the trains) Please abolish WBC and let us some people with sense to run our services.

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    • Bombey

      08/02/2017 - 08:08

      or - WBC make a capital investment using land they own to enter into a partnership with a developer to bring much needed housing to Newbury without having to sacrifice more undeveloped green land on the periphery of the town...

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      • NewburyResident

        08/02/2017 - 08:08

        They can still get the going rate for the land . But maybe you are for inefficient councils and more profits for developers.

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  • NewburyLad

    07/02/2017 - 11:11

    ..."and those using public transport..." so are the busses going to start/terminate their journeys at the railway station? or are those who are arriving by train going to have to walk to the relocated bus station at the wharf to get on their bus? Busses starting/stopping at the Railway station is what a joined up transportation system is all about, so knowing our council's thinking I guess the answer will be a long walk between the two public transport options.

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    • Bombey

      08/02/2017 - 08:08

      to be coordinated the bus station does not have to be next door to the railway station...

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      • NewburyResident

        08/02/2017 - 08:08

        You clearly do not understand the term and the need for integrated transport. Perhaps you should get a job with WBC (if you haven't already of course.)

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