Is Wokingham’s station really an excellent one?
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