New Thames Valley Corridor Capacity Programme to alleviate overcrowding on commuter trains to Paddington

The Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Reading East, Craig Morley has welcomed the announcement from the Transport Secretary that the Thames Valley Corridor Capacity Programme is to be included in the largest rail modernisation programme since the Victorian times. The programme will deliver capacity improvements to alleviate passenger overcrowding on high peak hour services on Main Line services into Paddington.

The Transport Secretary confirmed that commuters in Reading East were to benefit while giving evidence to the Transport Select Committee in Parliament on Wednesday.

For the first time, the Transport Secretary announced that the Thames Valley Corridor Capacity Programme will proceed under the Conservatives’ plans, transforming local rail services. Grant Shapps also confirmed the Conservatives’ commitment to the Western Rail Access to Heathrow, which will see a new 6.5km rail link between the Great Western Main Line and the airport further increasing Reading's connectivity and benefiting the town's economy.

The Conservative Government is currently investing a record £48 billion in the nation’s railways – improving reliability and punctuality, upgrading trains and allowing passengers to benefit from quicker, more comfortable journeys.

Commenting, Craig Morley said:

“I am delighted that the Conservatives are prioritising the Thames Valley Corridor Capacity Programme and Western Rail Access to Heathrow as part of our plans to upgrade the nations’ railways – this will transform rail services for local people and make a real difference to the community here in Reading East.

“Fast, reliable trains are vital, not just for boosting local growth, but to making areas like ours attractive places to live and start a business. Support for this project will be welcomed around the constituency.

“Boris Johnson and the Conservatives are ensuring no part of this country is left behind, and no business is held back, because of poor infrastructure. We will level up opportunities and renew the ties that bind our communities together.”