A passenger footbridge linking a multi-storey car park to Reading railway station has closed today in the latest part of an upgrade to the site costing almost a billion pounds. A new walkway is due to open in a month, with a temporary diversion through a new subway in place for the next four weeks.
Reading Borough Council will maintain the subway, which has a new lighting and digital CCTV system that is linked to the station and police.
The project manager at Network Rail - Graham Denny gave reasons for the closure of the footbridge:
“We have to do this because the current bridge sits in the way of new platforms which have to be finished by April, so it has to be removed. We realise this will be an inconvenience to passengers and are sorry for this; if there was another way of completing the new platforms we would do it.”