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The Queen to open refurbished Reading railway next month

The Queen will visit Berkshire next month to officially open the refurbished Reading Railway Station.

This will be the second time the Queen  has opened the station.

This will be the second time the Queen has opened the station.

The monarch will open the station on July 27 and it will be the second time she will have carried out an opening ceremony at Reading Railway Station. Back in the 1980s, the Queen marked the construction of the Brunel Arcade.

Refurbishing the station began after an £850 million Network Rail scheme was put into place. The scheme has benefited Reading and has seen major improvements including new platforms and new entrances.

The current works to modernise Reading Station started early in 2011 and most of the major works were completed by 2013.

New and larger platforms have been constructed and new entrances north and south of the station have now been opened along with a new passenger bridge.

Back in 1989 when the new-look station was unveiled, thousands of people lined the streets to get a glimpse of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.

Reading Railway Station gets around 15 million passengers every year and it is hoped that the whole refurbishment of the station will be completed by summer next year.

Photo credit: UK Ministry of Defence via photopin cc

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