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

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.

Butts Hill Bridge

Work will be starting on the 14 April 2018 to increase the height of the existing parapets for safety reasons and to comply with European standards. It is anticipated that the work will be completed by Autumn 2018.

Please refer to the attached letter for further details including the full work schedule.

Neighbour letter Butts Hill Road Bridge

Cow Lane Bridge

Work has started to make Cow Lane Bridge accessible for two way traffic. The work is expected to be complete ahead of the 2018 Reading Festival. Commencing 11 December 2017 road users will only be able to access the bridge from the southern side of the railway due to health and safety concerns to both public and staff whilst these works are taking place. A diversionary route will be in place for approximately six months.

Twyford Platform extensions

Work is continuing at Twyford station to allow the new fleet of electric trains to call at the station. The platform extension work is expected to be completed by the end of March 2018.

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 06 April 2018. This page will be updated regularly.