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Reading's multi-million transport investment

Commuters and residents in Reading stand to benefit from plans to spend £4.5m on transport projects in the town.

The multi-million pound project includes two road schemes and will be funded by the Government.

Reading Bridge is to have more than £3m spent on structural improvements and the A33 will have £1.5m invested to remove several bottlenecks.

Conservative MP Rob Wilson who represents Reading East has welcomed the proposed injection of cash.

This Government has made Reading a priority for massive transport infrastructure development. This means that Reading will continue to be a big regional, national and international economic player.

Reading Bridge badly needs repairs due to fundamental deterioration of its structural condition having been neglected by the council and the last government.

Motorists and cyclists using the A33 will benefit as extra capacity is to be provided and a series of frustrating bottlenecks are to be removed."

– Rob Wilson, Reading East MP

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MP criticises train company over carriage numbers

Reading East MP Rob Wilson has criticised First Great Western after it reduced carriage numbers on rush hour trains to seven.

Following complaints earlier in the year, First Great Western increased their peak time trains to eight carriages, but seem to have slipped back to sending out seven carriage trains. I have written to First Great Western seeking an explanation on behalf of my constituents and urging the company to rethink this strategy. With the price of rail fares into London, Reading commuters deserve better."

– Rob Wilson, Reading East MP

MP criticises train company

First Great Western is criticised for reducing carriage numbers during rush hour Credit: ITV Meridian

Reading East MP Rob Wilson has criticised First Great Western after it reduced carriage numbers on rush hour trains to seven. The company operates some of the most overcrowded trains in the country as revealed by Meridian.

A spokesman said it's aiming to increase the length of all its high speed trains to eight carriages by the end of July to ease the overcrowding crisis in the Thames Valley.

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