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  • Reading station area redevelopment

    We've upgraded the railway at Reading to reduce delays, enable more services to run, and to transform the station

  • Video showing different stages of the Reading redevelopment from 2011 to 2015. Select a section using the thumbnail shots.
  • Transforming the railway at Reading

    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.

  • A better station

    We’ve added five new platforms, new retail facilities and a new footbridge three times the size of the original, with escalators and lifts providing step-free access to all platforms.

    More passenger capacity

    We've built a viaduct to the west of Reading to take the 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 means that trains won’t need to queue to enter the station and can still run if there are problems with other services.

    More freight capacity

    The new track layout has made room for six extra freight trains each day - taking around 200 lorries a day off the roads.

    Wider bridges on Cow Lane

    We've widened 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.
  • Timeline

    Reading timeline 2010-2015 with numerical references to work
    1. Winter 2010: First phase of work completed over Christmas 2010.
    2. Spring 2011: Work starts to modernise Reading station.
    3. Winter 2012: Platforms renumbered and the new southern platform opens; 
      Cow lane bridge (south) widened.
    4. Spring 2013: Improved station opens with new platforms and entrances.
    5. Autumn 2013: New train depot opens.
    6. Spring 2015: Completion of viaduct taking mainline over freight and relief lines
    7. Summer 2015: Full project completed.
  • Image gallery

    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.

    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.