Is Wokingham’s sta­tion re­ally an ex­cel­lent one?

The Wokingham Paper - - VIEWPOINTS -

You re­ported (June 29) that the “Rail De­liv­ery Group” (RDG) has high­lighted Wokingham sta­tion as a “tem­plate” for re­gen­er­a­tion.

It seems the RDG has pretty low ex­pec­ta­tions.

The bland ‘any­town’ min­i­mal­ist ar­chi­tec­ture of the new sta­tion dom­i­nated by crude un­adorned lift shafts shows the in­dif­fer­ence of the coun­cil and RDG in mak­ing Wokingham a high qual­ity ar­chi­tec­ture her­itage town.

As re­gards fa­cil­i­ties de­spite mas­sive in­crease in trav­ellers there is hope­lessly in­ad­e­quate wait­ing park­ing (only five spa­ces) for peo­ple col­lect­ing pas­sen­gers on the north side and no in­crease on the south side.

Even though it is a no bar­rier sta­tion, no di­rect pedes­trian foot­path ac­cess is pro­vided to west plat­form ends for peo­ple liv­ing West of the sta­tion!

At least the old tem­po­rary sta­tion had a three sides cov­ered shel­ter and seats on the south side. The new one leaves pas­sen­gers for Read­ing with only a tiny roofed sec­tion with unglazed ver­ti­cals so driv­ing wind and rain blasts the necks of vic­tims wait­ing.

An un­re­solved prob­lem is that the sta­tion is run by SW trains and Gatwick trains run­ning late are shown as on time be­cause Great West­ern trains seem are still not link­ing their up­dates au­to­mat­i­cally to Wokingham. P Wil­liams, via email

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