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We're rebuilding the railway at Reading to provide for more trains, fewer delays and a better station
Reading is one of the busiest parts of country’s rail network and its complicated track layout constricts the number of trains that can run. We’re changing the track layout and building new platforms and entrances at the station to decongest the railway and improve passengers' journeys.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We're working to complete these improvements on schedule. View our project timeline
See what’s happening at Reading – a map of the improvements
An aerial view of Reading station.
Reading station from the north.
Reading station from the south.
An artist's impression of Reading station.
Reading station from the north east.
The first of five new platforms to be built at Reading station – 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
Pictured (L-R) Jim Weeden, Network Rail deputy programme director; Tony Page, Reading Borough Council lead councillor for regeneration and Kevin Brown, Network Rail project manager for Cow Lane bridge.
(L-R) Gareth Taylor, First Great Western; Councillor Tony Page, Reading Borough Council; Graham Denny, Network Rail and Dave Forbes, Costain pictured at the newly refurbished subway at Reading station, which is being prepared for opening on 1st March 2013.
The first passengers using the newly refurbished subway at Reading station on 1st March 2013
Reading station layout from 2nd April 2013
We will complete most of the improvements at Reading without any impact on passengers, however there will be times when journeys are affected.
Check here or with your train company for advance information: