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Video | Reading rail freight lines installed

Network Rail has released time lapse footage of Easter weekend engineering works at Reading.

New freight lines have been installed near Reading that will completely separate passenger and freight services for the first time.

Passenger services will no longer have to wait for slower freight trains to pass through before commencing their journeys.

Network Rail’s managing director for the Western route, Patrick Hallgate said: “These were ambitious projects to complete over the Easter weekend and are important milestones in our Easter package of improvement work, the biggest package of improvement work carried out on the Western route to date.

“These vital pieces of work pave the way for fewer delays and smoother journeys for passengers.”

In addition to the engineering work at Reading, Network Rail’s re-signalling project at Slough also ran to schedule. This project involved replacing ageing signalling equipment with new technology to improve reliability and punctuality.

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