I met representatives of the rail industry yesterday to review progress in providing more seats on trains on the busy Reading to Waterloo line.
I was told that current plans are to increase capacity by one quarter by adding two extra coaches to each train. They are also looking at improvements to signals to allow a greater frequency of service.
I explained the problems the railway currently creates for road traffic in Wokingham and asked them to look at the railway bridge over the Finchampstead Road to see if it could be improved to allow two way traffic including large vehicles. If they could widen the arch whilst keeping the strength of the renewed bridge it could help avoid collisions of large vehicles with the superstructure.
The Council is also planning a new bridge over the railway line as part of its road expansion plans.