Reading railway station redevelopment reaches bridge slide

Construction work on the Reading railway station has reached the stage of a major bridge slide across the rail tracks.

The new 100m deck is being constructed in three sections at a site beside the tracks. The new deck will be much bigger than the old structure and have escalators to platforms, as reported by The Construction Index.

The first 50m section was pushed 28m out over the railway. The second section is due to be built and launched over the railway by the end of August 2012, leaving the third section to be erected in position.

The weight of the first section jacked in July is around 729 tons. The bridge slide was carried out by bridge jacking specialists Dorman Long Technology. The new transfer deck is due to open at the end of March 2013.