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Meeting over rail disruption

Train planners at Reading meeting now to sort out disruption.

We were not able to recover as we would have liked this morning. We are looking at how we can reduce these problems for the rest of the week. It could well be we run fewer services than expected during the next few days. Our planners are meeting now and we will issue an update soon. "

– Dan Panes, First Great Western

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Problems return at Reading station

Train services through Reading Station are in chaos tonight and there could be problems tomorrow.

It follows disruption this morning when engineering works overran to allow the opening of the first phase of the new £900m station. A broken down train and signal problems added to the disruption.

It has now been revealed that because trains were left in the wrong place some drivers can no longer work trains because they would be in breach safety rules to limit how long they can spend in the cab.

Trains to Newbury, Paddington, Basingstoke and Oxford have been hit with cancellations.

Part of the station remains closed to allow for more work but it appears that too many trains have been timetables to run than than the station can cope with.

Managers are meeting tonight to consider reducing the planned service for tomorrow.

Major delays at Reading station

Major delays and cancellations at Reading after the weekend engineering works over ran.

Services are running but many are late.

The station had been closed for four days to allow work to be completed for the first phase of the new station to open.

Services are now running but delays continue.

A broken down train near Pangbourne is adding to the problems.

More later

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Amazing timelapse video of railway bridge move

It's the biggest construction project in the south and at a cost of almost £1 billion should bring to an endmisery for millions of rail passengers a year.

Reading station is now so busy it can no longer cope. The solution is the biggest ever upgrade project of its type with new buildings, a massive train depot and five extra platforms.

If you travel through the station from Paddington, Gatwick, Southampton, Newbury, Swindon, Oxford or Banbury you are certain to have been delayed.

Engineering work has now reached the halfway stage with 1,200 people now on site.

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