Autumn start for bridge development

by James Renoux-Wood Thu 17 July 2014, 5:08 pm

Work is set to begin in the autumn on a new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the River Thames in Reading.

Planning approval was consented by Reading Borough Council in October 2013 for the £4 million bridge, which will link Christchurch Meadows with the redeveloped railway station.

The structure will be about 120m long with a 68m span over the River Thames. A single supporting mast, which will be on the north bank of the River Thames, will be 39m high.

Tony Page, Reading Borough Council's lead member for strategic environment, planning and transport, said: "When complete the bridge will be a stunning landmark structure for Reading and provide a vital new link across the Thames for pedestrians and cyclists coming to and from the town centre.

“Construction is due to start in the autumn, but before that the council is planning for the obvious challenges of building such a large structure."

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