Viaduct complete at Reading Station
Wed 4 February 2015, 3:45 pm
Building work on a 2,000m, £45 million viaduct at Reading Station has been completed – one of the final stages in the £900 million station redevelopment.
The flyover has created three lines into the station, to ease what is regarded as one of the UK’s most congested parts of the rail network.
Its creation also allows freight and passenger services to access the southwest lines to Newbury and beyond without delaying main line services.
Reading’s new-look station was opened by the Queen in summer 2014, and is expected to be fully complete by summer 2015. Balfour Beatty was the contractor for the scheme.
Sue Brackley, economic development manager for Reading UK CIC, which supports the city’s growth, said: “With the capacity for the new station to double in future years, as well as the impending arrival of Crossrail and rail links to Heathrow, Reading is perfectly placed to consolidate its role as the key regional business hub.”