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Our Railway's Future
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Railway Communications System
Access for All
Reducing track noise
Stations improvement programme
York operating centre
High speed rail
Upgrading stations in South Wales
East West Rail
Heathrow rail link
Southampton to Nuneaton freight upgrade
Modernising the South Wales railway
North West electrification
Edinburgh Waverley station
Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace
Stafford - Crewe
Wessex Capacity Improvment Programme
Birmingham New Street station
Gogar rail interchange
London Overground lines
Manchester Victoria station
North Lincolnshire resignalling
Ely - Soham
Great Northern Great Eastern
King's Cross station
Tinsley Chord Tram Train
West Coast Main Line
East Coast Main Line
Lincoln level crossings
Midland Main Line
Nuneaton north chord
Redditch branch line
Manchester to Preston electrification
We've upgraded the railway at Reading to reduce delays, enable more services to run, and to transform the station
Reading station is one of the busiest rail hubs in Britain, used by nearly 20m passengers a year. Starting in 2011, we’ve rebuilt the station and upgraded the railway in the Reading area, including redesigning the complicated track layout. This has removed one of the worst bottlenecks on the rail network.
Our new station at Reading was officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen in July 2014, after being completed a year ahead of schedule. By summer 2015 we finished upgrading the railway in the surrounding area.
These improvements mean more trains can run through Reading each day, with fewer delays. Passengers can enjoy faster, more frequent and more reliable journeys, and a better, brighter station.
Map of the Reading area improvements.
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.
The first passengers using the newly refurbished subway at Reading station, 1 March 2013.