READING station has made the shortlist in a public vote to find Britain's favourite railway station.

This week, the public will vote for their favourite railway station in the World Cup of Stations 2020.

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Reading was shortlisted after glory in the National Rail Awards and will face competition in their group stage from Chirk, Norwich and Penrith.

The people of Reading are being urged to get behind their local station this week as it competes in the online poll to be crowned winner.

The competition will see 48 stations representing each region of the country competing in a series of online polls.

By Friday (October 16), the competition will have been whittled down to a final four, with one of Britain's 2,579 railway stations named the nation’s favourite on Friday evening.

Robert Nisbet, director of Nations and Regions for the Rail Delivery Group said: "The World Cup of Stations is about celebrating the thousands of stations across the country many of which have been at the heart of their communities for more than a century.

"It's also about recognising the friendly local faces who have kept key workers moving throughout the pandemic.

"As Britain gets moving again, their role in supporting local businesses and spreading opportunity is more important than ever."

Historian and presenter of UKTV’s “The Architecture The Railways Built” Tim Dunn, said: "Station-fans, assemble: it’s time to do battle. "Pick your station but pick it well – this is a game of 48 sides and 200+ platforms, yet only one can return triumphant and take home that much-coveted trophy.

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"Your local station squad needs you – so don’t stand silent in the sidings, get out of that waiting room and cheer loud on social media platforms.

"My tip for chuffing to the top of the championships is old-timer Glasgow Queen Street - back on the pitch with a new spring in its step for 2020."