09:00AM, Thursday 17 July 2014
This is how the exterior of a transformed Maidenhead Train Station could look using a £6.8m Government investment deal.The Royal Borough wants to convert the front of the site from a busy car park to a calming pedestrian-only area with seating and fountains.
It would act as a gateway to £14.8bn Crossrail services that will run from the station in Braywick Road from 2019.
Demand for parking would be catered for by an extension at nearby Stafferton Way car park with up to 1,000 new spaces, or a new multi-storey building.
Concept designs have been drawn up by the borough in collaboration with Crossrail as part of preparations for the new high-speed service that will run from Reading, under central London and out the other side to Shenfield and Abbey Wood.
"We're doing what we can to push the scheme forward and it's important that we try and do something before Crossrail gets here,” said the borough’s regeneration manager, Gail Kenyon.
The new station layout would act as a transport interchange and deliver an improved pick-up point for taxis.
It could also include space for bus services.
However, plans will not be finalised until funding has been secured for the 2015/16 financial year and they are discussed and refined with bus and rail companies, landowners and developers.
A bid for the money has been submitted and the council is waiting to hear if it has been approved.
It would be part of The Thames Valley Berkshire Growth Deal - an agreement between the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the Government.
It is expected to boost the Berkshire economy with a £17m investment in 2015/16 and £79.9m in 2016/17.
The Royal Borough is responsible for changes to the space outside the station.
But changes will be completed by Network Rail, which has already started preliminary work.It will lengthen platforms, refurbish the station canopies to allow for the electrification of the tracks and add a new lift, enhanced information facilities, security systems and CCTV equipment.
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