West Berkshire

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 West Berkshire 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 dates and locations

We're undertaking piling work in the areas shown below. Please note that the schedule could change at short notice for operational reasons.

Before starting this work we may need to clear overgrown vegetation alongside the line. Find out more about why and how we manage vegetation.

Reading to Aldermaston
Wednesday 16 – Friday 18 August 2017
09.00pm - 05.00am
Local Authority: Berkshire

Reading to Burghfield
Monday 14 – Friday 18 August 2017
08.00am - 04.00pm
Local Authority: Berkshire

Mortimer to Bramley
Tuesday 15 – Friday 18 August 2017
08.00am - 04.30pm
Local Authority: Berkshire

Work on bridges and other structures

The table below shows bridges and other structures that we need to modify for electrification, along with the work we're carrying out currently and any temporary road closures and diversions. Work due to start in the future is subject to approval by West Berkshire Council.

Bridge and structure works – West Berkshire

StructureDrop-in sessionClosure date(s) DiversionAdditional information
Boundary Road---Boundary Road bridge will be opening at 2.30 on Tuesday 31 January 2016. Thank you for your patience while we undertook this essential work to allow for electric trains to run to Newbury.
As part of our Railway Upgrade Plan, the new trains will create faster, more reliable services as well as being greener, quieter improving the environment and air quality and noise levels for people living near the railway.
Railway Road area-TBA-To allow for the electric trains to run we will soon start constructing a new transformer station on land between the railway and the Stirling Cables factory (to be demolished soon).
The transformer will be similar to most National Grid transformers and will be used to electrify the overhead wires. We will shortly be writing to our lineside neighbours to invite them to a drop-in to find out more about this work.
Winchcombe Road---A sewer pipe was damaged in December while piling in the area near Winchcombe Road. A over-pumping system has been set up while we investigate to find a solution to make the necessary repairs. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this pumping arrangement.
Padworth Lane---A site compound is being set up to allow us to continue working in the area to electrify the line between Reading and Newbury. The site will be safe and secure and every effort will be made to minimise disruption to our neighbours. Work is due to be completed by the end of April 2017. Once complete we will start delivering plant and materials to site for further work.
Frouds Lane---A site compound is being set up to allow us to continue working in the area to electrify the line between Reading and Newbury. The site will be safe and secure and every effort will be made to minimise disruption to our neighbours.

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 14 August 2017. This page will be updated regularly.