Network Rail has published detailed plans for a new station building at Wokingham.
Work is expected to start in spring 2012 and be completed by spring 2013.
The upgrade, funded jointly by Wokingham Borough Council, South West Trains and the government’s national stations improvement programme, includes:
- Demolition of the existing station and construction of a new building
- A new concourse and ticket office, designed to make it easier for passengers to move around, particularly at the busiest times of the day
- Installation of better facilities within the building, including accessible ticket windows, improved waiting areas, information screens and toilets
- Improved retail facilities
- Upgraded canopies on both platforms to shelter passengers during bad weather
- A new interchange for buses and taxis
- New secure cycle parking spaces
Network Rail route managing director for Wessex Richard O’Brien said: “As well as providing a safe, punctual and reliable train service we must give passengers a better journey experience. The upgrade of Wokingham station is a big step forward and will make a big difference for the community and businesses in the town who use the railway for thousands of journeys every day.”
The station will remain open to passengers throughout the construction with no disruption to the train services. The existing ticket office will remain in operation until the new one opens.