In response to the announcement that Crossrail is to be extended as far as Reading, a spokesperson for First Great Western said:
"This is a welcome move by Crossrail and the Department for Transport. Extending Crossrail through to Reading is a much more elegant solution for customers. This will secure Twyford's through-trains to London, make it easier for passengers from the west of our network to connect with Crossrail services, and inject important additional seating capacity between reading and London.
"In the shorter term it removes the need for disruptive construction work at Slough Stattion, which would have offered minimal practical benefit to customers at significant cost.
"This news also creates an opportunity for us to explore as an industry how more investment in infrastructure could create extra capacity and potentially reduce Crossrail journey times to destinations such as Reading."