Queen Elizabeth II inaugurates new Reading station, one of the nine NODES testing sites

The plan for the upgraded station includes the vision for Reading as a major transport interchange and how it integrates with the city centre and the wider area. The upgrade includes five new platforms, two entrances, a new link bridge and retail outlets.

Queen Elizabeth II met with Reading and government officials as well as staff who have been involved in the project. The works to modernise Reading station started in 2009 and while the station redevelopment is complete, work continues on the construction of a new viaduct set to be completed next summer (full picture galery).

Meanwhile, the NODES project is now fully engaged in the practical phase; testing sites met in Osnabrück last week to exchange on progress of tools testing and ahead of the second User Group meeting that will take place on the 30th of September and 1st of October in Barcelona .

Five Key areas were selected for the NODES project: Land use & Infrastructure, Design, Intermodality & ICT, Management and Business models, Energy & Environment. Reading is focusing on energy & environment and intermodality & ICT. Locally sourced materials to reduce CO2 emissions, a cycle hire scheme, secure cycling storage facilities and electric charging points will be some of the aspects that will be covered. In addition, multimodal real time information, pre-booking and integrated payments systems will also be considered.

For more information on the NODES project, please visit the website: or contact Cleo Davies

For more information on the User group meeting, click here (for members only).