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Government unveils finding for five stations

Government unveils finding for five stations

The government has announced it is providing £16 million of support towards the construction of five new railway stations in England and Wales, which will provide much-needed access to the network in areas with low car ownership or a need to ease congestion problems.

New station will be built at Horden Peterlee in County Durham, Warrington West in Cheshire, Reading Green Park, Bow Street near Aberystwyth in Ceredigion and Portway Parkway in Bristol. 

The Peterlee station will serve an area with low car ownership, but the others will help ease congestion by operating as parkway stations. 

Reading Green Park and Warrington West will also help service new housing estates, with the Reading stop also providing access to an area that, when developed, will feature 1,500 new homes and offer 7,500 new jobs.

While the new stations will increase rail options in Warrington, Reading and Bristol, it will also mean the small seaside towns of Peterlee and Bow Street will now have their own stations, instead of simply being bypassed by the lines heading to towns to the north and south. Bow Street's station will be a park-and-ride aimed at cutting congestion on the main road between Borth and Aberystwyth.

Commenting on the new stations, rail minister Paul Maynard commented: "We are committed to improving journeys for passengers right across the country. This means delivering more trains, quicker journeys and making more seats available."

He added: "The stations will improve access to the rail network and create new leisure, training, employment and business opportunities, as well as supporting new housing developments. All of the stations will be completed by March 2020."  

The project is in its second phase, with government money having already supported the new stations that have been opened at Newcourt in Exeter, Lea Bridge in south London, Pye Corner in Newport and Ilkeston. A further station at Kenilworth in Warwickshire will be open before the end of 2017.

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