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The New Reading Station Takes Shape

On Monday night I went to a presentation by Network Rail at the old Town Hall. It was great to learn that the completion date for the whole station project has been brought forward by a year. For Reading people and businesses this will mean a shorter period of disruption but also that huge benefits like the widened Cow Lane bridges will be completed several months early.

Network Rail had a fantastic presentation of the new station with its new platforms and it is now available on YouTube:


May 20, 2011 - Posted by | Local


  1. First class news and I am delighted that the Cow lane abortion is at last to be cured

    Comment by steve foley | May 20, 2011 | Reply

  2. Isn’t it amazing what nationalised industries can do?

    Comment by Jonny | May 21, 2011 | Reply

    • Lol this is hardly a classic nationalised industry! It is also interesting to note how many of the senior team are ex-armed forces and know how to run a major project. Thanks are also due to Margaret Thatcher for restraining the malign power of the Trades Unions which existed in the 1970s. Most unions are now much better at representing their members rather than destroying the industry in which they work!

      Comment by Richard Willis | May 21, 2011 | Reply

      • I’ve copied your last sentence into my “handy things to quote back at people” folder. It’s next to your denial a few months ago that we were heading for a period of stagflation.

        Comment by Jonny | May 22, 2011

      • Yeah, how many? There’s more that aren’t, and when did the armed forces ever run a major project on time or budget?

        Comment by Edna Vice | September 1, 2011

  3. There is another video on the EP site showing a ‘fly through’ north and south of the station. It shows a north side that is unrecognisable………….any comments?

    Comment by Howard Thomas | May 24, 2011 | Reply

    • The EP fly through is an exciting vision of what is planned for the station. However all the surroundings are conjecture to give an artists impression of what may result.

      Comment by Richard Willis | May 24, 2011 | Reply

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