Theresa presses Crossrail on improvements for Maidenhead and Twyford

Theresa May has met the Chief Executive of Crossrail, Andrew Wolstenholme, to receive an update on the progress of the project and to discuss possible developments benefitting Maidenhead and Twyford commuters. Crossrail is due to come into operation from 2017 onwards, with the line serving Maidenhead and Twyford from 2019 – providing a through-route to central London and beyond.

During the meeting, Theresa reiterated her view that Crossrail should result in greater choice for local commuters and not lead to the reduction of fast and semi-fast FGW services. She stressed the desirability of Crossrail providing semi-fast services alongside FGW, to ensure maximum choice and convenience for Maidenhead and Twyford commuters. Network Rail is currently assessing the feasibility of semi-fast Crossrail services, which would cut journey times into Paddington.

Theresa and Mr Wolstenholme also discussed improvements to Maidenhead Station and the need for sufficient car parking spaces at both Maidenhead and Twyford.

Commenting, Theresa said: “I am pleased that Crossrail continues to be on track to reach Maidenhead and Twyford in 2019. It was good to meet the Chief Executive to discuss recent developments, and so I could press the case for semi-fast Crossrail services which will provide even greater benefits for my constituents in Maidenhead and Twyford.”

“It is also important that we use this opportunity to make improvements not just to Maidenhead Station itself but the wider urban realm. Crossrail and the Royal Borough are working together on this and I will continue to monitor the plans. We also need to ensure there are sufficient parking spaces at Twyford Station, where demand is already very high.”

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