West Reading, Berkshire
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The district has no formal boundaries, but the name is generally used to refer to the area to the west of Reading's town centre, to the north of the suburbs of Coley and Southcote, to the east of the suburb of Tilehurst and to the south of the Reading to Bristol railway line. As such it includes the densely populated area along and surrounding the Oxford Road as far as the foot of Norcot Hill, which is a typical example of the British town's rows of terraced houses, as well as the more affluent area to the north of the Bath Road and alongside Tilehurst Road as far as Prospect Park.
The district lies entirely within the borough of Reading, including all of Battle ward together with parts of Abbey, Minster, Norcot and Southcote wards. While most of the district is within the Reading West parliamentary constituency, the Abbey ward portion (between the Inner Distribution Road and Prospect Street / George Street) lies in the Reading East parliamentary constituency.
West Reading is served by Reading West railway station on the local lines between Reading/Basingstoke and Reading/Newbury. Reading Buses operates frequent services along the Oxford Road, Bath Road and Tilehurst Road corridors.
Battle Hospital, formerly one of Reading's general hospitals, was located on Oxford Road in West Reading. The hospital has now closed and been replaced by a Tesco supermarket and a residential estate. The Elm Park stadium in West Reading was home to Reading Football Club from 1896 to 1998, but has now been redeveloped as a housing estate.
The Bath Road Reservoir, a Victorian era water storage reservoir and pumping station is a major landmark along the Bath Road. Recent controversy has surrounded an attempt by its owners, Thames Water, to demolish the pumping station, level the reservoir and redevelop the site for housing.
The Reading Half Marathon runs through the streets of West Reading every year.
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