Bridge work begins
Wed 22 October 2014, 10:16 am
Building work has begun on a 120-metre long pedestrian and cycle bridge over the River Thames.
Located to the east of Fry’s Island, between the existing Caversham and Reading Bridges, the bridge will provide a route from Caversham into the town centre, and to and from the newly developed Reading station.
On the northern side it will link to the existing paths running through Christchurch Meadows. To the south it will link to an improved riverside foot and cycle path and connect via Norman Place onto Vastern Road.
The bridge is being funded through the council’s local sustainable transport fund. Construction is scheduled for completion by summer 2015.
Tony Page, Reading Borough Council’s lead member for strategic environment, planning and transport, said: “The start of the construction phase of Reading’s new pedestrian and cycle bridge is a significant landmark for the scheme. When the bridge is complete in 2015 it will be a unique and stunning landmark structure for the town. It will provide an important new link across the River Thames for pedestrians and cyclists coming to and from the town centre, bringing benefits locally to Caversham and Reading as a whole.