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Reading train viaduct scheme completed

Reading station viaduct Image copyright Commission Air Ltd
Image caption The flyover will take fast mainlines over freight to ease pinch points on the network at Reading

Work on a railway viaduct in Reading has been completed.

The new 2km (1.25 mile)-long flyover on the First Great Western (FGW) mainline, has been built to separate passenger trains from freight trains.

The train firm said the elevated section would make a "huge difference" to services as fast mainlines will be taken over freight and relief lines.

The viaduct is expected to stop queues and free up pinch points on the network at Reading.

The work is one of the final phases of the £895m redevelopment project at Reading station.

Passengers faced train cancellations and delays of 40 minutes in Reading while the final phase of the work, which started on Christmas Eve, was carried out.

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