About the project
The transfer deck at Reading Station is the focal point for the wider £850M multi-contract Reading Station Area Regeneration scheme. The 96m long x 30m wide Transfer Deck (pedestrian footbridge) links the north entrance building to the western gateline and spans all network rail lines and provides access to platforms 7 to 15. Structurally the bridge is a formed by four lines of 1.4m deep plate girders, the outer girders form a Vierendeel truss with the side steelwork.
The transfer deck main girders run between the two new buildings, connected by 1m deep plate cross girders. The side steelwork and roof trusses of the footbridge are formed by 500mm x 500mm jumbo hollow sections. Due to limitations on site and the fact that it spans a functioning and busy railway station, the deck was constructed in three separate stages away from the railway environment, on its supporting concrete piers. Each of the first two stages, prior to being launched, were erected on the concrete piers which span the five new platforms. Consequently the steelwork erection was not being carried out over live railway lines. Stage 1 and stage 2 were launched in July and August respectively.