01:00AM, Friday 04 April 2014
London Mayor Boris Johnson and Maidenhead MP Theresa May are among those to have reacted positively to the news the Western terminus of Crossrail will now be Reading.
The decision was revealed on Wednesday, March 26 at a Maidenhead Town Forum meeting at Maidenhead Town Hall.
The new high frequency, high capacity railway service for London and the South East, will run from Reading to Shenfield and Abbey Wood via central London.
Out of the four Crossrail services per hour between London and Maidenhead, two will now terminate at Maidenhead and two will continue on to call at Twyford before terminating at Reading.
There will be no change to the First Great Western services from Reading to London.
Maidenhead MP Theresa May said she was 'delighted' the Government has confirmed the extension.
"This will ensure that the benefits of Crossrail are extended beyond Maidenhead, without in any way harming services from Maidenhead itself," said Mrs May.
The 200-metre trains will be able to carry 1,500 passengers.
Cllr Geoff Hill (Con, Oldfield) had previously shared his doubts on extending the service.
"On reflection, I think it will be quite good," he said, speaking on Tuesday.
"Maidenhead is still going to benefit significantly from Crossrail."
He said it will be 'quite good news' for Maidenhead as it will get traffic coming from Reading and journey times from Maidenhead to London will still be significantly less than those from Reading.
The extension will also mean the whole project will cost slightly less, as fewer changes will be needed to the infrastructure at Maidenhead and Slough.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said he was 'thrilled' the people of Reading and Twyford will be able to take advantage of Crossrail.
He added it will put them 'on the doorstep of London's main employment centres' by directly linking them to the City and West-End.
Crossrail services will serve Maidenhead, Twyford and Reading from December 2019.
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