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.
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 West - Theale
Saturday 16 December – Sunday 17 December 2017
10.30pm – 8.00am
Local Authority: West Berkshire
Wednesday 20 December – Thursday 21 December 2017
8.00pm – 6.00am
Local Authority: West 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
|Structure||Drop-in session||Closure date(s)||Diversion||Additional information|
|Railway Road area||-||TBA||-||To allow for the electric trains to run we have started work to construct a new transformer station on land between the railway and the old Stirling Cables factory. The transformer will be similar to most National Grid transformers and will be used to electrify the overhead wires.|
|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 has been 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.|
|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.|
|Reading West Station||-||-||-||Work will be starting in January 2018 to replace the existing footbridge as well as commencing work to modify the existing buildings, canopies and platforms. For more information view residents' letter|
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 December 2017. This page will be updated regularly.