We’re modernising the Great Western route to bring passengers faster, more frequent, more reliable services

The project includes upgrading our infrastructure so that the route can be electrified.

This page explains the work we’ll be doing in the Reading area and when it’s due to take place.

What we’re doing

To enable the route to be electrified, we’re installing supporting masts and overhead lines, and preparing the foundations for these (‘piling’). We’ll also be modifying some of the bridges and other structures on the route to create the extra height needed for the overhead lines.

More about our work to electrify the railway

Piling work

We’re undertaking piling work in the areas shown below on Saturday 29 – Friday 05 May 2017. Please note that this schedule could change at short notice for operational reasons.

Before starting the work we may need to clear overgrown vegetation alongside the line.

Find out more about why and how we manage vegetation

If you have any questions about piling, please refer to our piling FAQ.

Pangbourne Station
Saturday 2 – Sunday 3 September 2017
10.00pm – 9.00am
Local Authority: Reading

Work on bridges and other structures

Please see below for details on the bridge and structure work planned for the Reading area.

We’ll publish details of work scheduled for the future, including any road closures and diversions, on this page as soon as they become available.

Reading Station

We have started work at Reading station to install additional safety bollards to the north and south side of the station. We expect this to be completed by early June.  The site working hours are 07:30hrs to 18:00hrs Monday to Saturday. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this work.

Cow Lane Bridge

The commencement of the highway works is being delayed by the discovery of further utilities that need to be diverted for the new highway construction. Network Rail is developing a programme that will aim to reduce the number of Cow Lane road closures and deliver the works in the shortest time frame so as to reduce the impact on the people of Reading. We are currently out to tender and will update this page once further information is available.

Working responsibly

We know that our work to improve the railway may cause some disruption and noise for local communities. We do our very best to limit this and appreciate your patience and understanding.

For example, we often have to carry out some of the work at night when trains aren’t running. This is because we’re contractually obliged to work at times that have the least impact on passenger services, and because we must ensure the safety of our workforce. If roads or footpaths need to be closed temporarily because of bridge work, we agree diversionary routes with the local council. And we are committed to completing the work quickly, so the road can be reopened as soon as possible.

Last updated 01 September 2017. This page will be updated regularly.