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Modernized Station's Capacity Has Doubled
LONDON, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Bechtel and Network Rail have successfully completed the massive expansion of Reading railway station-one of the busiest outside London-on schedule and within budget. The work was carried out over four years as a major part of the $1.5 billion (£895 million) Reading Station Area Redevelopment program. The track layout outside Reading station has been improved to ease congestion, and the station's capacity has been doubled, allowing it to handle up to 30 million passengers a year, which is forecast by 2030. The new station was formally opened today by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
"This project was complex given that we were working on an operational rail system. However, careful planning and dedication ensured that we were able to get the job done right, safely," said Ailie MacAdam, managing director of Bechtel's global rail business. "Collaboration between Network Rail, train operators, passengers, and other stakeholders was essential to the success of Reading station's transformation."
Reading station now has five additional platforms; lifts and escalators that make it easier to get around the station; two station entrances connected by a new passenger transfer link bridge; and a new train depot. Further, the station has been able to add four passenger trains per hour and six freight trains per day. The official opening of Reading station is a significant milestone in the Reading Station Area Redevelopment program, with the enhancements set for completion in spring mid-2015, a year ahead of the original baseline plan.
"Reading is now a state-of-the-art station, future-proofed to cope with more than double its current number of passengers," said Robbie Burns, Network Rail's infrastructure projects regional director, Western and Wales. "Reading station and the surrounding area has been one of the worst bottlenecks on the British railway network, and the station is a major part of the program of works to alleviate the problem."
Bechtel was selected by Network Rail in 2009 to provide project management services for the $5.3 billion (£3.1billion) Crossrail and Reading program, which aims to upgrade key parts of the UK rail system. A global leader in the rail industry, Bechtel has successfully delivered some of the largest and most complex rail projects in the world, including the Channel Tunnel, High Speed 1, the Bay Area Rapid Transit system, and the Athens Metro. It is currently working on Crossrail and Vauxhall Underground Station in London, the Riyadh Metro, the Rio de Janeiro Metro, and the Dulles Metrorail extension outside Washington, D.C.
Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world. We stand apart for our ability to get the job done right-no matter how big, how complex, or how remote. Bechtel operates through five global business units that specialize in civil infrastructure; power generation, communications, and transmission; mining and metals; oil, gas, and chemicals; and government services. Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents. Today, our 53,000 colleagues team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 40 countries. www.bechtel.com
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