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« Reply #3420 on: March 02, 2020, 10:30:25 am »

I suspect that this may already have been discussed in this very long thread (and, as a newcomer I hope I may be forgiven for not ploughing through it), but was solar paneling every considered for that massive roof?

I am impressed with the new station, but I too have experienced the cold winds blowing through it. I'm not at all sure how this could have been prevented.
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« Reply #3421 on: March 02, 2020, 12:05:54 pm »

I am impressed with the new station, but I too have experienced the cold winds blowing through it. I'm not at all sure how this could have been prevented.

In my over 50 years of using Reading (General) station, I don't think that has ever changed.  It was always a drafty and cold place Tongue
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« Reply #3422 on: March 02, 2020, 02:35:29 pm »

Reading (General) station

Can someone change the thread title to the correct station title for the older generation?
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« Reply #3423 on: March 02, 2020, 03:38:08 pm »

AIUI the ‘transfer deck’ is reasonably open in order to stop it being treated as an enclosed building with respect to ventilation, fire fighting arrangements, smoke clearance, emergency exits, etc etc.

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« Reply #3424 on: March 02, 2020, 09:39:52 pm »

By coincidence I used Utrecht Station (as a passenger) for the first time last week.

The last time I was there was in 2004, when I walked under the station using a public subway. I could not see what was above, but could see from the subway that I was passing under a reasonably modern 15 platform station, and thinking to myself "it would be nice if we had something like that in Reading".

Well, I can confirm that we do now! Utrecht also has a structure over the middle of the station, a little wider than Reading's new overbridge, but the extensive platform ends are as exposed and draughty as Reading's. The escalators are also reminiscent of those at home. Two of those on my journey between trains were out of action, so I missed the connection I was going for. This was not however a problem for me last week as my onward destination was Amsterdam, and there appears to be a train about every 10 minutes between the two.
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« Reply #3425 on: March 03, 2020, 07:15:31 am »

About the only place draftier than Reading station is the bus stop outside where you catch the bus to the hospital.
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« Reply #3426 on: March 03, 2020, 11:42:31 am »

As 2/3 of our weather traditionally comes from the South West, most main line  GWR stations must be windy. We could have wind breaks on platforms but either wouldn't see our train coming or would walk into the glass. There are plenty of warm spaces to hide from the weather on the main platforms.

What we shouldn't have is a flooded transfer deck. While it must have ventilation louvres, they should have had droplet eliminators to prevent moisture entrainment.

It's just a pity there wasn't more roofing particularly over the escalators, and an eastern footbridge; customer amenity wasn't top of the designers agenda.

I still rather like it.

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