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Rail boost to West Berkshire communities

Great Western Railway awards £49,000 for rail access projects in the district

Rail boost to  West Berkshire communities

COMMUNITIES in West Berkshire are set to benefit from a share of almost £770,000 to improve access to stations.

Designed to help boost local communities and support areas of social need, up to £770,000 a year is available for three years as part of Great Western Railway’s (GWR) £2.25m Customer and Communities Improvement Fund (CCIF).

West Berkshire Council has been awarded £40,000 for a new foot and cycleway link at Theale, linking the station with a new cycle route stretching from Newbury to Windsor. 

Kintbury Parish Council received £6,000 to refurbish the public conveniences in Station Road.

And the Mobility Issues Group for Goring (MIGGS) was handed £3,000 to create new leaflets and information to promote visits to Goring and Streatley. 

The proposals were presented to a panel of representatives from GWR’s Customer Panel (made up of local customers), the Advisory Board (made up of local stakeholders) and the executive management team.

Final recommendations were then put to the Department for Transport (DfT) for approval. 

Supported by the DfT, the CCIF was established to recognise and support projects identified by the communities where GWR operates, with projects requiring local authority match funding.

GWR said that the total investment for Berkshire would exceed £120,000, once match funding was factored in. 

GWR managing director Mark Hopwood said: “We are committed to improving the journeys of our passengers, as well as the economic prosperity and social footprint of the regions and communities we serve.

“We had many responses from those in our communities looking for help, and I am delighted to be able to announce the schemes that have been successful in this second year of funding, helping to put our people, our customers, at the forefront of what we do.”

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  • GlassHalfFull

    23/04/2017 - 23:11

    "Great Western Railway's awards £49,000 ....". The apostrophe police want to know who wrote your byline. For a journalist, this is pretty basic stuff.


  • Littlegos

    23/04/2017 - 19:07

    Why are we wasting this for bike riders who don't use what they all ready have disabled people in Theale can't easily use the station and the works have been delayed .TIme to tax bikes and make them take notice of red lights ext . I do ride a bike myself .


    • EugeneStryker

      24/04/2017 - 11:11

      Littlegos, I can help you answer your bike related questions. The only thing that will encourage more cycle journeys is proper segregated infrastructure - so it is a good idea to invest in it. Cyclists do not use current infrastructure because in the main it is dangerous or simply crap. 'Taxing' bikes will cost more money than it makes and it makes more sense to start with the 560,000 untaxed motorists since the infrastructure exists already to deal with them. Cyclists should abide by the Highway Code, but lets get to those pillocks that do not after we have dealt with the RLJ motorists, those using their mobile phones whilst driving, speeding, driving drunk etc etc. Can I also suggest that you pick up a copy of Bike Nation by Peter Walker - an excellent book that takes an evidence led approach to the benefits of cycling.


    • GlassHalfFull

      24/04/2017 - 00:12

      Who is the "we" you are referring to? GWR can spend their money on whatever they like as far as I'm aware. I'm not saying you don't have a point, but you should be making it to the right people, not complaining on a web forum which they won't be reading. Go to and contact them directly with your concerns if you want to make a difference. With regard to taxing bicycles on the public highway (which is what I think you're also referring to), then that's a completely different topic and nothing to do with GWR.