Reading station improvements
Reading Station is undergoing a transformation programme as part of the wider £850m Reading Improvement scheme. While Reading Borough Council is delivering improvements to public spaces at the front and rear of the station, Network Rail is delivering the station and track upgrade that began in 2010 and is due to be completed by summer 2015, one year ahead of schedule.
Once complete, customers will enjoy more reliable services, ultra-modern facilities and improved journeys from a station that is equipped to cater for increased future passenger demand.
Over the 2013 Easter break, the most extensive phase yet of the Reading Station improvement project was completed. Since April 2013 customers at the station have benefitted from:
- a spectacular new passenger bridge improving access to all platforms
- two additional entrances to the north and south of the station
- five enhanced new platforms coming into service
- more than 100 new customer information screens
Earlier this summer, the new improved train care depot, to the north of the station opened. The former depot had to be moved to enable construction of the new viaduct located at the western approach to the station.
Platform Upgrade works
In the next few months customers can expect to see further improvements as work continues to upgrade all of the platforms. Remaining platforms 1- 3 & 7 -11 will be refurbished, with lengthened platforms to create room for longer trains, new platform canopies, better waiting room facilities, customer toilets and retail outlets.
This summer, the newly lengthened platform 11 entered into passenger service as platform 10 was taken out of use to undergo upgrade works.
Platform 10 and 11 are on target to fully open complete with new canopies and upgraded facilities by February 2014.
This autumn, a temporary platform 7 will be built during a weekend possession and Platform 6 will close to support the operation of this temporary platform. The temporary platform 7 will then be in use while the permanent platform 7 undergoes phased works until next year.
The fully upgraded, permanent platform 7 will open in spring 2014.
Works to upgrade platforms 8 and 9 will take place simultaneously. To ensure minimum disruption to customers, the platforms will remain in use while the phased upgrade works are carried out. Platforms 8&9 are due to complete by late spring 2014.
- Summer 2013 will see the completion of the new improved train care depot that replaces the former depot, which had to be moved north of the tracks from the south to allow for the new viaduct on the western approach to the station.
- By spring 2015, the new viaduct will be completed, allowing more room for trains and provide an alternative route for freight services, meaning fewer delays to passenger services entering or leaving Reading.
- There are also ongoing track and signalling improvements to promote smoother, more reliable train journeys and to put in place overhead line structures that will carry the new state-of-the-art electric trains, which will eventually serve Reading.
- The Reading Station Improvement Project is due to be completed by summer 2015.
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