Commercial hub of the Thames Valley

Travel Times

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On foot

Reading Station

Abbey Gardens

The Oracle

By rail






Liverpool Street

Canary Wharf

By car







Reading Station upgrade – a major UK rail hub providing fast and regular services to London and the rest of the UK


Crossrail fully opens significantly improving access and journey times into the West End, the City and Canary Wharf

37 mile

cycle network around Reading with 17 miles segregated from traffic, plus 29 Readybike docking stations – a London-style bike hire scheme

5 mins

walk from Reading Station and to the Oracle Shopping Centre

28 miles

from London Heathrow via the M4 motorway – and 28 minutes to London Heathrow when the new rail link (WRLth) becomes operational in 2018

24 miles

from the M25

25 mins

journey time to London Paddington

10 mins

walk to a comprehensive local bus service

45 mins

non-stop RailAir bus service between Reading Station and Heathrow airport

Reading is at the heart of the UK’s transport network.

Located 40 miles west of London, it enjoys first class road, rail and air links, and offers an excellent quality of life. Modern, thriving and one of the most vibrant urban centres in the UK, Reading is the commercial and administrative hub of the Thames Valley region, and the focal point for economic growth in the area.

Situated on the M4 motorway between Junctions 10, 11 and 12, Reading benefits from excellent road connections. The A329 provides direct access to the M4 J10, and M4 J11 is reached by a dual carriageway, the A33. Park and Ride services are available from Winnersh and Madejski Stadium.

Town centre businesses

Widely regarded as a world-class business destination, Reading boasts a thriving town centre and supports a strong and diverse range of business sectors – it’s home to some of the world’s biggest companies. World leaders in finance, IT, global communications and a high concentration of FTSE100 companies have their headquarters in the area.

Reading has a highly skilled workforce of 1.7 million people, of whom 800,000 live within 25 minutes drive time.

The University of Reading is ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world and has around 17,000 students of more than 140 nationalities. Abbey Gardens offers an opportunity to boldly step into a prominent position within Reading’s business district, enjoying all the lifestyle and infrastructure benefits you’d expect of a flourishing business community.