Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Earley New Reservoir Project

It's a long time since I have visited the site and as you can see from the picture a great deal of work has been done and the final levelling of the earthworks is taking place.

It's hard to believe that there is a vast cavern below which many of us have had the opportunity to walk around.

It will be interesting to see the finished area after a long gap.



Tuesday, April 29, 2014

More picture from the Earley New Reservoir Project

Here are some more images from another site visit to the Earley Water Reservoir project. Work is progressing and at the time of taking the images, the last sections of the roof were being readied to be loaded into place.

It’s not until you see the inside of the ‘cells’ with the roof on that you get an idea of just how big they are. You can also see the last remaining wall section with steel rods in place ready for the last pouring.

Good progress all round I think.

Many thanks to Robert Searle for arranging the visit at such short notice.

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Monday, April 07, 2014

Approaching the next big milestone

Work continues at the new Earley Reservoir project site as it approaches the final pouring of concrete and next week could see the sealing of the cells as the contractors get ready to make their first water containment tests.

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More pictures and another update soon.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Roof going on Earley Reservoir

I took another picture of the progress at the Earley Reservoir last week, lots of progress now that the weather has got better. It will soon be time for water testing.

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A Smarter M4 – Proposed changes for Berkshire Section

m4Announced on the 13th march 2014, details of the Highways Agency proposals to convert the 32 miles of the M4 between junction 3 and 12 (Heathrow to Tilehurst) into a ‘smart motorway’ with work starting in 2016 and completing by 2022 include:

  • 64 miles (32 each side) of new traffic lane taken from the existing hard shoulder, increasing capacity
  • The erection of 131 new gantries
  • 11 bridges to be rebuilt to provide space for the additional traffic lane
  • 32 refuge bays are proposed alongside the carriageway for use by drivers in an emergency.
  • More details of the work and the background for the changes can be found here.

As part of the Highways Agency ‘promotion’ of their plans, they are running a series of road exhibitions, the first two having been held already (very quickly arranged with little notice in the media, I wonder why?)and final one being on the 29th March.

See list below for location and links to Google Maps.

There’s not much time to get to these exhibitions and put your views about the proposed changes, which do still need approved planning permission, However, if any of you remember what it was like when they resurface the whole of the M4 some twenty plus years ago, it looks like we could be in for over 5 years of serious traffic disruption on the M4 from 2016.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

What a difference 65 years makes!

I recently came across some pictures of Lower Earley and its surroundings in 1949 on a great web site called www.britainfromabove.org.uk. They have been posting images taken from the air of the UK over a number of years and had published numerous images of central Reading, this one and others on the website are the first I’ve seen of the wider surrounds of Reading.

I taken one of them and marked up some of the locations and then done the same with a Google Earth snap of the same area – though the same perspective is difficult to achieve – to make a comparison. Enjoy!

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Monday, March 03, 2014

Earley Reservoir–Site Visit

As part of the local community liaison by the contractors, I was one of a number of people invited to a site visit for the Earley Reservoir Project at the end of February.

A great visit and luckily, the weather did not impact the visit. Also managed to capture some good images of what is going on behind the fence.

Many thanks to Robert Searle of Black & Veatch Ltd for a great tour of the development and explaining the many different aspects of the work that is going on.

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Sunday, February 02, 2014

Booking System still having problems at the RBH

Despite spending over £20 million of taxpayers money on its new booking system, the RBH is still without a fully functional system.

One wonders how much more money will be thrown at this before it works and we see some benefits.

Earley Reservoir – Update

After my last post about the height of the sidewalls of the new reservoir being possible higher than the existing one I received this picture from the project coordinator.

It shows by the use of the blue line that the level of the new wall is below the level of the earth covering the existing one.

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Earley Reservoir – January Update Photo

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The new water reservoir project continues to make progress as work resumes after the Christmas break and yet more wet weather.

The latest photo shows that work has begun on erecting the side walls of the structure. Though I have to agree with the two people that I met when taking the photo, that the height of the walls seems to be higher than the existing reservoir and could be even higher when the earth is put back on when completed.

I think we understood from the plans that the roofs of both reservoirs was to be the same height. Something to discuss at the next project meeting I think.