On the 17th of July, Queen Elizabeth II inaugurated the new Reading railway station. The plan for the upgraded station includes the vision for Reading as a major transport interchange and how it integrates with the city centre and the wider area. The upgrade includes five new platforms, two entrances, a new link bridge and retail outlets.
Queen Elizabeth II met with Reading and government officials as well as staff who have been involved in the project. The works to modernise Reading station started in 2009 and while the station redevelopment is complete, work continues on the construction of a new viaduct set to be completed next summer.
Reading is focusing on energy & environment and intermodality & ICT. Locally sourced materials to reduce CO2 emissions, a cycle hire scheme, secure cycling storage facilities and electric charging points will be some of the aspects that will be covered. In addition, multimodal real time information, pre-booking and integrated payments systems will also be considered.