As estate agents, we have a lot of knowledge about our local area. It’s what makes us so good at buying and selling houses, and letting properties. In Part one we looked at the culture, entertainment and sport that Reading has to offer, but now we concentrate on the employment prospects, transport links and a bit more about the history of the town.
A great home for business
Reading has become a leading tech hub, due to its great transport links, proximity to London and amenities. Its home to many big businesses, whether it’s in the town centre or in the business parks like Green Park.
Major companies such as BG Group, ING Direct, Microsoft, Oracle and Hibu (formerly Yell Group) have their headquarters in Reading. Other notable companies with offices include Prudential, PepsiCo and Wrigley.
Reading benefits from being a major junction point of the railway network with Reading Station being a major terminus, only half a hour from London Paddington. Reading station was redeveloped in 2015 with extra platforms, reduced congestion and better access.
The arrival of Crossrail will benefit the area even further, making connections to London and other stations on the line even quicker. This new high frequency, high capacity railway for London and the South East, is due to arrive in Reading, Langley and Slough in 2018. It promises the biggest improvements in decades, including shorter journey times to London and new and improved stations.
Reading also has great road and air benefits. As well as the major trunk roads of the M4 and M3, the nearest airport is one of the world’s busiest, London Heathrow, 25 miles (40 km) away by road.
Home to the University of Reading, established in 1892, Reading has a long history of good educational institutions. The University of Reading recently celebrated the 90th anniversary of its Royal Charter, in 2016, and is recognised as one of the top 200 Universities in the world, home to 17,000 students from over 150 countries.
Reading School, the boys secondary school, is another example of a long traditional of good education. It was founded in 1125 and is the 16th oldest school in England.
Other good schools around the area include Redlands, Caversham, Southcote, Kendrick Girls' Grammar, Reading School and Maiden Erlegh.
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