To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the (a) programme of work at Reading railway station, (b) stages of the work programme, and (c) likely completion dates for each stage.
Network Rail is currently committed to a programme of work at Reading to increase rail capacity and improve performance for both passenger and freight traffic. This programme will be subject to examination as part of the Spending Review.
The anticipated stages of the current programme are as follows:
Key Output 1 - December 2010
Completion of the task to move the present signal control centre, based at Reading, to Didcot, along with the widening of Caversham Road bridge. This work will then enable enlargement of the station to take place.
Key Output 2 - May 2013
Enlargement of the capacity through the formation of four new platforms to the north of the present station.
Key Output 3 - July 2015
The main lines to the west of the station to be moved to a high level allowing many of the present conflicting train movements to be removed.
Key Output 4 - April 2016
The route from the West Country to London will be "grade separated" (to avoid further conflicting movements) and thus completing the scheme.