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  • Reading station area redevelopment

    We're rebuilding the railway at Reading to provide for more trains, fewer delays and a better station

  • Train care depot completion - summer 2013
  • On schedule

    The network around Reading is one of the busiest in the country and the complicated track layout restricts the number of trains that can run. We’re changing the track layout and building new platforms and entrances at the station to remove congestion in the area and improve your journeys.

    The redevelopment of the station is now complete and was officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen on 17 July 2014.

    A better station

    We’re building five new platforms at Reading station and a new passenger footbridge with escalators and lifts providing step-free access to all platforms.

    A better railway

    We're building a viaduct to the west of Reading to take fast mainlines over freight and relief lines. This will enable the railway to cope as demand for train services increases.


    Fewer delays

    The new track and platforms will mean that trains won’t need to queue while approaching the station and can still run if there are temporary problems with other services.

    More freight capacity

    The new track we’re building will provide space for six extra freight trains each day - this could take around 200 lorries a day off the roads.


    Bridges on Cow Lane

    We will widen both rail bridges over Cow Lane to reduce congestion and allow double-decker buses to pass through. We’ll also build a new cycle way and pavement.

    Project timeline

    We're working to complete these improvements on schedule. View our project timeline 

  • Image gallery

    Map of the Reading area improvements.

    Aerial view of Reading station (artist's impression).

    Reading station from the north (artist's impression).

    Reading station from the south (artist's impression).

    Reading station exterior (artist's impression).


    Reading station from the north east (artist's impression).

    The first of five new platforms opened Christmas 2011.

    Installing a new 1,000 tonne rail bridge for Caversham Road, New Year 2011.

    The new Caversham Road bridge will carry track serving new platforms.

    Replacing of one of the Cow Lane bridges Christmas 2011.


    The new Cow Lane bridge being lifted before being moved into position at Christmas 2011.

    (L-R) Jim Weeden, Network Rail deputy programme director; Tony Page, Reading Borough Council lead councillor for regeneration; Kevin Brown, Network Rail project manager for Cow Lane bridge.

    Refurbished subway, March 2013. (L-R) Gareth Taylor, First Great Western; Councillor Tony Page, Reading Borough Council; Graham Denny, Network Rail; Dave Forbes, Costain.

    The first passengers using the newly refurbished subway at Reading station, 1 March 2013.

    The first passengers using the newly refurbished subway at Reading station, 1 March 2013.


    The first passengers using the newly refurbished subway at Reading station, 1 March 2013.

    Reading station layout from 2nd April 2013.