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Major changes on the way at Reading station

11 December 2012

Come and find out what's in store for 2013 - we're holding an exhibition at the station on 11 and 12 December 2012.


Public exhibition

Staff from Network Rail, First Great Western and Reading Borough Council, along with contractors who are delivering the work, will be on hand from 07.30 until 18.30 on both 11 December 2012 and 12 December 2012 to answer your questions about the £895m investment to upgrade the station and unblock the bottleneck on the railway.

When the new northern entrance opens, the subway, with new lighting and a digital CCTV system, will be the only means for non-rail passengers to get from one side of the railway to the other without going through the station.

A year ahead of schedule

The first phase of the improvements will be ready in early April 2013 – with the whole project on course to finish in 2015, one year ahead of schedule.

Car park users

In late February 2013 the bridge that links the multi-storey car park to the station will close for good and for four weeks people using the car park will need to add up to 15 minutes to their journeys. The current bridge sits in the way of two new platforms and unfortunately there is no alternative but to remove it.

Those who normally use the car park link bridge can follow a specially-marshalled walking route leading to the newly refurbished subway which will lead to what was Station Hill, adjacent to the Brunel Arcade and the main entrance to the station.

Temporary changes to train services

We have completed most of the work with no disruption to services, but between 28 March and 8 April 2013, we will be preparing the ground for the most extensive stage of the improvements to open a spectacular new passenger bridge, new platforms and entrances. There will be changes to train services during those 10 days.

From January 2013, passengers will be able to check their journeys for over Easter at, where they can also buy advance tickets.

Reading station area

The station upgrades are just one part of the Reading improvement scheme, which also includes:

  • Constructing a new train care depot
  • Building a viaduct to allow more room for trains
  • Installing new signalling to improve reliability
  • Introducing over-head electrical lines to allow new state-of-the-art electric trains to run

Read more about Reading station area redevelopment.

Passengers and the public are also set to benefit from the work Reading Borough Council is doing to improve the areas outside the station’s two new entrances. Their work is well on course to be almost completed by the start of April 2013, to coincide with the opening of the first phase of the new station.