Last Friday it was good to be present at the official opening of the new station, after so many years of pressing Network Rail to build one. The new building will offer better facilities and provides a much more impressive gateway to the town than the old structure, which the railway kept well beyond its useful life.
The opening gave me the chance to talk to Network Rail again about the problems the level crossings create for movement around the town. The gates are down for too long a period each hour, especially during the peaks. The railway claims they cannot improve on it for safety reasons, yet observation suggests that the current safety margin is longer than needed, longer than in some other locations, and longer than it used to be in Wokingham. The best long term answer to the traffic chaos caused by the gates is a new road bridge, which the Council are now working on.