"Common sense has prevailed" Council's reaction to Crossrail extension

Reading Council welcomes Crossrail extension Credit: ITV Meridian

Reading Borough Council has welcomed the news that Crossrail will be extended to the Berkshire town. It follows repeated calls by the Council to make Reading the final calling point of the vital new rail link, rather than Maidenhead.

Councillor Tony Page, the Lead Member for Transport, said: "Commonsense has prevailed, and I welcome the in-principle decision by the Secretary of State.

"Reading Station has been designed to take Crossrail; the land between Maidenhead and Reading has been protected and electrification is underway. At last the dots have been joined up!”

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