Whitchurch Toll Bridge, which is owned by The Company of Proprietors of Whitchurch Bridge, is now open for all traffic.
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Removal of Contractors' Compound (updated 24th October 2014)
The portakabins, pontoons and crane have now gone, and the clearance of the compound will be completed next week.
A plan for reinstating the river meadow has been agreed with Pangbourne Parish Council: grass seeding will be carried out next spring as soon as weather conditions are suitable. Until then there will be a post and wire fence around the compound area, with an access path provided to the landing stage.
We have decided that, in order to continue to meet our legal obligations to maintain a crossing over the Thames, we need to increase the Class 1 Toll from 40p to 60p. We will now prepare a Toll Application for submission to the Secretary of State for Transport in accordance with the Transport Charges etc (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1954, probably in early November 2014. We will publish a copy on this website.
The Tolls will not change until our Toll Application is approved by the Secretary of State for Transport. There will be a period of public consultation during which anyone can make representations to the Secretary of State.
Footway Improvements(added 14th October 2014)
The next Project for the Company will be improvements to the footway on the Pangbourne approach road, based on the feasability study undertaken in 2012. A preferred option was identified, however this would involve the felling of trees which it would clearly be best to avoid.
The Company will therefore look at further options, involving perhaps smaller strips of land on both sides of the highway outside the existing railings, which may obviate the need for all or some tree felling. We will consult on the details of the works with adjacent landowners, West Berkshire Council as Highways and Planning Authority, and the Parish Councils of Whitchurch-on-Thames and Pangbourne.
We will also look at redesigning and widening the speed hump next to the Toll Booth which also serves as a pedestrian crossing point, and will consult on the details with Oxfordshire County Council as Highways Authority, South Oxfordshire District Council as Planning Authority and Whitchurch-on-Thames Parish Council.
The Company will not commit to any works until the outcome of the Toll Application is known and funds are available.