Tuesday, 10 July 2012

New Passenger Bridge In Reading Station

Another great timelapse film shows the huge bridge being lifted into position.

See film at :
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-18777299

Or at:
http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/s/2116682_timelapse_video_shows_reading_station_bridge_inched_into_position

Text below from getreading:
"Morning commuters were greeted by the sight of a 728 tonne structure straddling the platforms – the first part of a new bridge which will sit at the core of the new station.

It landed in its latest resting position at 3.30am on Sunday, having been painstakingly moved into place by Network Rail over two nights .

It leaves the Reading rebuilding project one year ahead of its original schedule, with completion on target for 2015.

The 30-metre wide structure is around three times bigger than the current passenger bridge and will provide quick access to platforms via banks of new lifts and escalators. Later this year, the second and final pieces of the structure will be built on site and joined together.


Network Rail project director Bill Henry said:” The first part of the new bridge makes a dramatic difference to Reading’s skyline and gives passengers a glimpse of how the new station will look when the first phase of the development is opened in May 2013.

“By 2015 we will have built a new train care depot, constructed a viaduct to provide more room for trains, installed new signalling to improve reliability and put in place the structures that will carry over-head electrical lines, allowing new state-of-the-art electric trains to run.”

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