Tanks make tracks for Reading

Started in 2011, the massive £850 million project by Network Rail to transform Reading’s railway system is taking shape with Tubosider stormwater attenuation serving the station.

Costain, one of the many leading construction and engineering companies who use our products, commissioned the tanks soon after being awarded the £80 million contract to redevelop Reading Station in a joint venture with Hochtief.

The contract will see five new platforms constructed at Reading, as well as a new footbridge linking platforms to new entrance buildings on the north and south sides of the station.

This will relieve congestion on the Great Western Main Line and will mean that passengers no longer have to wait outside the station for a platform to become available.

Two of our conventional tanks in helibore steel pipe have been installed, one of 50 meters at the west end and another smaller tank at the east end. The two single-leg, 1500mm diameter systems give a total storage capacity of 144 cubic meters.

Both stormwater tanks have integral manhole chambers at each end and flow regulators, limiting their respective outfall to 90 and 25 litres per second.

Reading is one of the UK’s busiest stations outside London, handling around 17 million passengers annually. Not only is it on the Great Western Main Line for express services to South Wales and the West Country, it is the terminus for a network of local routes throughout Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

The station’s renewal will take up to three years and involve a complete makeover. The number of platforms will increase from 10 to 15, the footbridge over the tracks will be replaced by a high capacity ‘transfer deck’, and staircases from it down to the platforms will be replaced by escalators.

Additionally, new buildings will be constructed at the north and south entrances of the station, a new roof will be built across the site and virtually its entire infrastructure will be renewed.

Costain already has extensive experience in successfully remodelling major stations – notably St Pancras in central London – and has teamed up with Hochtief to offer a team with strong experience of this type of work for Network Rail.