A rail loss

The latest scaling down of a major development has been the shelving of Prudential’s Green Park station.

This follows scaling down of the housing planned around Green Park and also the abandoning of a foot and cycle bridge over the IDR a few years ago, another plan by Prudential which dates back to more ambitious times.

The railway station had even had an archeological dig a few years back and was close to starting. However, its viability was dependent on the housing.

Had the planning process not been such a slow one the housing and subsequently the station might have been started by now. Jobs, houses and possibly new tenants to Green Park could have been in place.

When the people who fight development of any kind look back at this they might ponder what their achievement was. Objections to housing are invariably about traffic.

Loosing a new railway station is not going to help reduce it.

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About Alan Bunce

Freelance journalist Former Community Editor with the Reading Post. Former Business Editor with the Reading Chronicle.
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