A KEY RAIL INTERCHANGE NOW ...
Reading’s mainline station is a major UK rail hub, handling some 16 million passengers a year. There are connections with London Paddington and London Waterloo to the east, Bristol and Wales to the west and directly to Birmingham (New Street & International), Guildford, Oxford, Basingstoke and Newbury.
An £850 million upgrade – the biggest in the UK – has provided new entrances and a concourse; 5 new platforms have been added with modified track layouts to improve passenger and freight transport flows.
... AND FOR THE FUTURE
When the line fully opens in 2019, Crossrail will run to Reading, serving a total of 40 stations along the entire route. Crossrail will significantly improve access and journey times into the West End, the City and Canary Wharf.
For the maximum benefit, you will be able to combine the First Great Western service to Paddington with the Crossrail service and achieve the following journey times:
Reading to Paddington – 26 mins
Reading to West End (Bond Street) – 30 mins
Reading to City (Liverpool Street) – 36 mins
Reading to Canary Wharf – 44 mins
There will be 24 Crossrail trains an hour from Paddington through Central London.
What’s more, London Heathrow will be less than half an hour from Reading when the new rail link (WRLtH) becomes operational.