Reading (RDG)

Type: National Rail (Great Western
Main Line and others)
Station code: RDG
Opened: 1840
Platforms: 15
Reading is one of the busiest stations outside of London and is a major transport interchange being the junction of a number of busy lines such as the Great Western Main Line and lines to London Waterloo and Oxford, with an adjacent bus station too. The station was originally opened by the Great Western Railway in 1840 being a terminus of the Great Western Main Line for a few months until the line was continued onto Bristol.

The station was renamed Reading General in 1949 to distinguish it from Reading Southern however the name reverted back to Reading when the other station closed and was merged into Reading General in the early 1970s.

The station has had a number of redevelopments over the year, the latest being finished in 2014 which added 5 new platforms, new footbridges and access routes and some track layout modifications including flyovers to try and alleviate the bottleneck the station had become in the 2000s.

Over 16 million people use Reading per annum on services operated by Great Western Railway, Cross Country and South West Trains. Reading will also become the Western terminus of the Crossrail Elizabeth Line.
GWR 166 218 on a service to Gatwick Airport

Reading has both OHLE and third rail electrified lines going to it

A Cross Country service in the distance

Signal gantry

SWT 450 083 on a service to London Waterloo