Reading station improvements
Reading Station is undergoing a transformation programme as part of the wider £895m 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 accessible facilities and improved journeys from a station that is equipped to cater for increased diverse, future passenger demand. One significant way that journeys will be enhanced is through the removal of the bottleneck that currently causes delays to passengers into and out of Reading. When the track layout and platform works are complete, waiting times for trains needing to access the free platforms will be reduced. The new flyover will bring further performance benefits as it will mean an alternative route for freight trains so that they are able to get onto relief lines without crossing over main lines and delaying passenger trains. Ahead of this customers are already benefiting from the improvement programme with:
- 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
Train maintenance operations were also enhanced last summer through the opening of the new improved train care depot, to the north of the station. 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
All platforms are being lengthened to create room for longer trains and enhanced with new platform canopies, better waiting room facilities, customer toilets and retail outlets.
Upgrades to platforms 1-3 and 4-6 and 11 completed last year.
Phased works on platform 7, 8 and 9 are ongoing and to minimise disruption to customers, the platforms have remained fully functioning while the phased upgrade works are carried out. All upgrade works will be completed on these three platforms this spring.
Platform 10 is on schedule to re-open complete with new canopy and upgraded facilities this March. This will mean that two platforms will be available to trains going towards London and this should reduce some of the queuing caused by several trains needing to access one platform.
- Christmas 2014 will see significant works on the flyover
- By spring 2015, the new flyover 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