04:21PM, Wednesday 20 April 2016
Extra car parking will be developed for Twyford Railway Station as part of Crossrail’s improvements to the line.
A total of 38 new spaces will be added to land north-west of the car park, which is currently used for storage and was previously used as the station coal yard.
The development was ordered by Network Rail, which legally does not need to seek approval from the local authority, which only receives notice that the plans are to go ahead.
However, despite welcoming the news of more spaces, Wokingham borough councillors remained sceptical.
Councillor John Jarvis, who represents Twyford, said: “It is better than nothing.
“They are going to have to put on a single deck.”
Councillor Jarvis (Con) and fellow councillor Lindsay Ferris (Lib Dem), the other Twyford representative on Wokingham Borough Council, have argued for adding at least one deck of parking, yielding over 100 new spaces.
Cllr Jarvis continued: “I do not see a problem and it would not be too expensive.”
However, additions to the parking at the station are the responsibility of Network Rail.
The development would require no extra access to roads, instead using the existing entrance to the site.
Cllr Jarvis expressed his worry that as Crossrail attracts more people to the area, failure to address the car park’s issues will result in more cars being parked on streets for times longer than allowed.
Currently, Thames Valley Police enforces parking laws but Wokingham Borough Council hopes to begin taking responsibility in May 2017.
Cllr Ferris said: “Both the Lib Dem and the Conservative groups have applied to do that.”
He also proposed using a section of empty land near Hurst Lane as a turning point for buses that could connect the station with other towns commuters come from.
Network Rail has been contacted for comment.
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