Crossrail could reach as far as Reading

Getting into London from the west could become even easier if plans to extend Crossrail to Reading go ahead, reports. 

Original proposals had the new London link running between Maidenhead and Heathrow to Abbey Wood and Shenfield. New proposals, however, could extend this even further so that trains will run between Reading and London Paddington.

Not only would this provide a new service into London but also reduce the volumes on trains or buses already making the journey, as the 650ft Crossrail carriages can take up to 1,500 passengers. Furthermore, transport chiefs have acknowledged that a Crossrail service would not bring about a reduction in the current Network Rail services between the two stations.

Once complete, it is expected that two Crossrail trains an hour could run between Reading and the capital. 

Speed will not be bolstered, however, as the journey would be expected to take around 50 minutes, which is exactly the same as current options. 

Commenting on the proposals, Rail Minister Stephen Hammond told “I have requested Network Rail to look at the cost-benefit analysis of increasing the number of faster trains between Reading and Paddington. 

“It will also make better use of the already congested Great Western Main Line, freeing up capacity for further improvements including potential direct services from Reading to Heathrow as part of the Western Access Scheme.”