Talk:Reading railway station

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Services table[edit]

I have edited the services table to make it consistent with edits that I have conducted on stations on the Berks and Hants line. If you have any concerns with the edits please discuss on talk page for Newbury railway station.Grizzlyqi 09:22, 2 September 2007 (UTC)


Regarding the recent updates, is it right that services can give Twyford as the preceding station and Reading West as the following station when there is no actual service that stops at both destinations? Services to Twyford either terminate at Reading or continue to Didcot/Oxford. All services that call at Reading West on the current timetable terminate at Reading (including Basingstoke and Newbury/Bedwyn services). Other services on the Berks/Hants only call at either Paddington or Slough and continue direct to Theale, Newbury, Pewsey or Westbury. Whilst displaying this information would be over-complicating, I think the services through Reading West should be shown to terminate at Reading.Grizzlyqi (talk) 21:18, 22 November 2007 (UTC)

There doesn't appear any frequent services from Reading West that go any further than Reading on its live departure board. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Anywikiuser (talkcontribs)

There is certainly one morning weekday service that calls at Reading West and Reading, then runs non-stop to London Paddington. The train starts from Devizes and is targetted at commuters to London from the B+H line stations; formerly operated by a pair of Adelantes, I believe it has now switched to an HST. Similar services have operated since BR days, but it has been the subject of some local press controversy. The last but one (two?) timetable change dropped the stop at Reading West, but it was reinstated after political pressure from local residents and the local MP. The suspicion is that FGW would like to drop it again, but couldn't take the political fallout. -- Chris j wood (talk) 20:02, 1 January 2008 (UTC)
I take it by Devizes you mean Pewsey railway station? However, you are right there is a morning service to London from Bedwyn although I can't see if there is an evening return service which is interesting.Grizzlyqi (talk) 10:19, 7 January 2008 (UTC)

Number of platforms[edit]

There IS 11 platforms at the station. User:Fila3466757 Fila3466757 7:50, 15 January 2008 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Fila3466757 (talkcontribs)

No, there ARE 12 platforms, and their numbers are listed in the article. Signalhead (talk) 08:40, 15 January 2008 (UTC)

Future expansion[edit]

Any chance we can expand the section on station expansion a bit more as in my mind this is the most interesting part........There have been plans to build more platforms for years and years, but its funny how none have come to anything yet. From my own experience it seems a little unnecessary. as the station never has all platforms in use, maybe just rearranging platform use..... having commuted for years, one argument that was cited was you had HSTs stacking up between Twyford and Reading waiting for a platform, but it usually ignored the real cause of the problem, they were not leaving London Paddington at their correct time in the first case, e.g. there used to be several leaving Paddington at around 18:00 to 18:15, but they never never never left on time, it was always a guessing game to try and jump on the one that would leave first. All three of them ended up leaving within minutes of each other, instead of the timetabled 5 minute or so gap between them, so suprise surprise the all arrive at Reading at the same time and stacked up! jrhilton (talk) 21:10, 28 May 2008 (UTC)


Reading is an acknowledged Bottleneck and often causes delays to services calling there, not because trains leave paddington late but because there is a lack of platforms available for trains to use.86.136.40.185 (talk) 22:44, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

Removal of line[edit]

I'm removing the line: the largest town in England as it is misleading and implies that Reading is the largest settlement in England. 86.128.117.187 (talk) 20:42, 3 August 2008 (UTC)

Split proposal[edit]

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section. A summary of the conclusions reached follows.
The result of the discussion was split content into Reading Southern railway station. --Redrose64 (talk) 10:29, 4 November 2009 (UTC)

This article appears to cover both the GWR and SER stations... in many other cases where a town had more than one station, there is one article for each, even where one has been closed. Examples include:

I propose that a new article be created, named Reading Southern as per the redlink in {{Reading Lines}}, and that the new article should contain all the SER and LSWR information which is presently in this article. --Redrose64 (talk) 22:21, 10 October 2009 (UTC)

Agreed. There's been interesting recent discussion of Reading South on bygone lines. Lamberhurst (talk) 22:55, 10 October 2009 (UTC)
I assume that bygone lines is a website/forum/discussion group? I'm not familiar with it, what is the URL? --Redrose64 (talk) 09:54, 11 October 2009 (UTC)
Agreed. I don't see much reason at all why this article should cover Reading South with the exception of noting that the lines that served Reading South now form platforms 4a and 4b at Reading. Grizzlyqi (talk) 09:46, 11 October 2009 (UTC)
Bygone lines:[1]. Off topic, but if the principle is accepted that stations in the same town on different lines merit separate articles, Marlborough would seem to be another candidate for splitting. Lamberhurst (talk) 11:19, 11 October 2009 (UTC)
I think that consensus is obvious... someone who knows a bit go do it. -mattbuck (Talk) 11:31, 11 October 2009 (UTC)
I don't know if this really sets up much of a precedent or not. There are many cases like this ranging from large towns like Reading (or cities like Leeds) to very small villages that happened to be served by two lines or where there was a branchline. I think consideration should be given as to whether there is enough material on each station, the geographical separation between the stations and the length of time that they were used. Otherwise separate articles could be created for many stations that lasted for little more than a few years as underused halts and such articles really wouldn't warrant an entire article.Grizzlyqi (talk) 15:06, 11 October 2009 (UTC)
There seems to be different policy in different parts of the country. Cornwall and Devon, for example, group closed stations on a given line onto a single article for that line; Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire have individual articles for every station, no matter how small the places served. I carefully chose my four examples as being towns no larger than Reading itself, and where a similar situation applies (two former main stations, one present-day main station).
  • "enough material on each station" - most of the article as it stands concerns the GWR station, so we need to beef up the SER station. Let's see now; shall we try Nock (1961) The South Eastern and Chatham Railway; Dendy-Marshall & Kidner (1963) [1937] History of the Southern Railway; Nock (1965) The London & South Western Railway; Williams (1968) The London & South Western Railway, vol. 1; Williams (1973) The London & South Western Railway, vol. 2; Kidner (1974) The Reading to Tonbridge Line; Bradley (1985) [1963] The Locomotive History of the South Eastern Railway; Faulkner & Williams (1988) The LSWR in the Twentieth Century; Matthews (2006) Lost Railways of Berkshire. Then we have the item in Railway Magazine, June 1965, p. 357 Reading General to take Southern's trains.
  • "the geographical separation between the stations" - a matter of yards; admittedly closer together than the stations at Banbury and Oxford.
  • the length of time that they were used - Reading (SER) was open for some 110 years, if the present article text is correct. Reading GWR - 169 years and counting. I think that the SER station at Reading was used for a period of time much longer than many stations which have been given articles. --Redrose64 (talk) 11:05, 12 October 2009 (UTC)
 Done No negative comments in over two weeks. Please see Reading Southern railway station and place further comment at Talk:Reading Southern railway station. --Redrose64 (talk) 22:28, 3 November 2009 (UTC)

The above discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section.

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Station Redevelopment[edit]

I have been making small incremental edits to the station redevelopment section as snippets of news have come out. Is anyone who works on the project interested in collaboration to improve this section of the page? In particular I have hashed-up the "new" platform plan and the track layout is worse than guess-work. Is there anyone out there who would care to help to improve this? Lukew151 (talk) 15:16, 11 January 2012 (UTC)

New platforms 17 and 18?[edit]

The article mentions them but they don't feature in the diagram or in the cited documents. Are they fictional? 83.104.249.240 (talk) 10:42, 30 September 2012 (UTC)

Ref to 17 & 18 was added by this change, which also added a link to this BBC article, looking further ahead than the current rebuilding. - David Biddulph (talk) 11:48, 30 September 2012 (UTC)

New picture[edit]

We need a new picture of Reading Station as the current one is ceasing to exist. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 86.28.99.104 (talk) 16:35, 13 January 2014 (UTC)

Eastern underpass[edit]

Is there still any intention to reinstate this to allow Wokingham services to use it? 'Airtrack Lite' would not come to Reading Station, and if access is provided to the Heathrow branch to and from the west, it would be redundant anyway.Ntmr (talk) 21:41, 13 April 2015 (UTC)