Situated on the south side of the River Thames, Reading Railway Station is the main station in Berkshire and links to a host of locations including Oxford, Wokingham, Didcot and Swindon, to name just a few.

Reading Station has an annual footfall of around 15.7 million people, making it the ninth busiest station outside the capital. It’s estimated that around 3.8 million visitors use the station as an interchange each year, putting it just behind Birmingham New Street as the largest interchange in the UK.

First opened in 1840 as a temporary terminus, Reading Railway Station has grown and been redeveloped in a number of ways over the years to reflect both its growing number of visitors and its status in the region. 

The nearby Great Western Hotel (now the Malmaison Hotel Reading), for example, was established way back in 1844, while the more recent shopping arcade – named after the station’s legendary designer Isambard Kingdom Brunel – was opened to the public in 1989.


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