Bechtel and Network Rail have completed their four-year expansion project for the Reading train station in the U.K. as part of a 2009 contract tasking Bechtel to provide project management services for the $1.5 billion Reading Station Area Redevelopment program.
Bechtel said Thursday the expansion includes five platforms, elevators and escalators, a train depot, two station entrances and a passenger transfer link bridge, as well as an increased operations timetable.
“This project was complex given that we were working on an operational rail system,” said Ailie MacAdam, managing director of the Bechtel global rail business.
“Collaboration between Network Rail, train operators, passengers and other stakeholders was essential to the success of Reading Station’s transformation.”
According to the company, the project is intended to increase the train station’s capacity and decrease congestion.
The expanded Reading station was opened ahead of the 2015 completion of the overall enhancement work.