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Upgrading Britain’s Rail Infrastructure

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, visits our Reading site

On 24 April, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, visited our Reading contract, to highlight the government’s commitment to upgrading Britain’s rail infrastructure. On his visit, the Prime Minister saw for himself the latest works to remove a bottleneck near Reading station. The Reading Elevated Railway is a part of the £850 million improvements to the Reading network, which is one of the busiest in the country.

This improvement is designed to improve train journeys for hundreds of thousands of hardworking people and also to help local businesses by stimulating economic growth. Camfaud Concrete Pumps is a key supplier to the main contractor, Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd, on the Reading Elevated Railway. The contract has a workforce of 400 people and, in part thanks to several hardworking Camfaud pump operators, is running a year ahead of schedule and under budget.

On the day David Cameron visited, we supplied a Putzmeister BSF32.16H, 32 metre boom pump which is clearly visible behind the Prime Minister. This pump has a long stroking, high pressure pumping unit that is capable of pumping up to 160 cubic metres per hour (theoretical value).