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Section Details

Chairman: Jeremy Smith

Secretary: Malcolm Pearce

tel:01635 550326, mob: 07967 667019, e-mail:

Meeting Venue

Network Rail’s Davidson House Offices, Forbury Square, The Forbury, Reading, RG1 3EU from 17:00 for 17:45

Unless otherwise notified, the Thames Valley Section technical meetings will be held in Network Rail’s Davidson House offices, Forbury Square, The Forbury, Reading RG1 3EU. The offices are about 7 minutes walk from Reading Station forecourt. From Reading Station South side, turn left and walk past the Rail/Air coach stop, then turn right into Blagrave Street. Continue past the Museum on the left, and on approaching Marks & Spencer bear left. The main Post Office will be ahead, St.Laurence Church on the left; keep left and enter The Forbury. After c.150m you will reach Forbury Square on the right; turn right to face the entrance to Davidson House. Enter through the main doors, past the ground floor reception and through the security barriers (no sign-in or swipecard needed), then via the lift to the 4th floor. Approach the doors labelled “Reception” and follow the instructions on the PWI notice on the door to gain access to Meeting Room No.1 and the facilities. The person giving you access will ask you to sign the PWI Register at this point.
The meeting room is open from 1700, tea and coffee is provided courtesy of our sponsor, Network Rail, and the Section provides a light buffet of sandwiches and savouries. Meetings commence promptly at 1745.
Please note that visitor car parking at Davidson House is limited, please notify the Secretary at least the day before if you wish to use the facility. There are also public car parks nearby.
A non-smoking policy operates in the building, and the consumption of alcohol is not permitted anywhere on the premises.

Please follow link to events calendar for details of section meetings

Please click here to download the October 2018 newslines


Section Programme

Wednesday 5th September 2018 - Reading

Crossrail on Anglia - Design & Build (Shaun Cartledge & Paul De Mello, Costain Group, Crossrail Anglia)

Wednesday 26th September 2018 - London Bridge Station

Visit to London Bridge Station - Please contact Malcolm Pearce directly to book your space

Wednesday 3rd October 2018 - Reading

Getting the Railway off the Ground (Colin Brading, Fellow, PWI)

Wednesday 7th November 2018 - Reading

An Update: Swiss Machine Technology and Slab Track Developments on UK Projects (Barnaby Temple, Head of Engineering & Carl Garrud, Managing Director, Rhomberg Sersa)

Wednesday 5th December 2018 - GWR SA Club

Annual Social & Quiz - hosted by David Brace & Colin Brading

Wednesday 9th January 2019 - Reading

Annual Joint Meeting with IMechE - The California High-Speed Rail Project - from Planning to Construction (Matthew Savastano, FPWI, WSP Group)

Tuesday 22nd January 2019 - The Friends House, Euston Road, London

Professional Registration Workshop - Please click here for full information