At last the Crossrail route extended to Reading

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route extended to Reading, and the only surprise is that it has taken so long for this announcement to be made.

Crossrail will now run to Reading after the joint sponsors, the Department for Transport (DfT) and Transport for London (TfL), instructed Crossrail Limited to extend the route.

The full Crossrail scheme was always supposed to get to Reading rather than Maidenhead but the link was pulled to reduce the costs as the business case wasn’t as solid that far out of London.

The extension will see the east-west rail line serve two additional stations, Twyford and Reading, serving a total of 40 stations along the entire route, when the line fully opens in 2019.

Good to see the government going back to the original plan. Just why they thought to end the line at a fairly small town like Maidenhead instead of going to a major station like Reading is beyond us.

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