Martin Salter - working hard for Reading West

Reading Station

Martin Salter played a key role in persuading the Government to approve the upgrade to Reading Station lobbying Ministers, giving the issue a public platform and assisting his colleagues on Reading Borough Council who kept the campaign alive as Railtrack disintegrated and worked closely with regional and rail industry colleagues to promote the scheme.

Reading’s main line station is the busiest interchange outside of London. it is also the biggest single bottleneck on the Great Western mainline.

Lack of train and platform capacity at Reading leads to delays, congestion and overcrowding.

Reading’s station upgrade, worth over £500 million, will increase the number of platforms and track capacity to service Reading station, the second busiest outside London.

It will increase services during peak times, and reduce congestion caused by the junction of the East-West and North-South lines.

Work is due to finish by 2012 on increasing station capacity with mainline grade separation completed by 2015.

For more information, see statements available on Reading Borough Council’s website (

You may have seen reports in the local press that Reading Station’s upgrade is not going ahead as planned in 2010. We want to assure you that this is not the case. In fact Reading Borough Council has written to the Secretary of State for Transport urging him to bring forward the project to tackle congestion, create jobs and boost the economy.

These stories have arisen because the Conservative MP for Reading East has called in the House of Commons for the Reading Station upgrade not to be brought forward. He opposed accelerating the £500 million upgrade of Reading station saying that “bringing forward big capital projects such as the one at Reading station is not the answer to unemployment”.

Martin Salter MP, Labour MP for Reading West, added: “I have been campaigning with Reading Borough Councillors for many years to get Reading Station improved. It cannot happen a moment too soon!”