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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

  • Over Easter 2015 new freight lines were installed at Reading to completely separate passenger and freight services for the first time. This will enable all those travelling on this route to benefit from faster, smoother journeys into and through Reading station.
  • 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 to remove congestion in the area and improve your journeys.

    The station now has new entrances and longer platforms and was officially opened by The Queen on 17 July 2014.

    Information for people who may be affected by our work around Reading.

  • A better station

    We’ve added five new platforms and a new passenger footbridge with escalators and lifts providing step-free access to all platforms.

    A better railway

    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 will mean 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 will make room for six extra freight trains each day - which 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.
  • 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: Viaduct to cut delays.
    7. Summer 2015: Project complete.
  • 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.