Whitchurch Toll Bridge, which is owned by The Company of Proprietors of Whitchurch Bridge, is under reconstruction and closed to river and road traffic. There is a temporary footbridge for pedestrians and invalid buggies etc. also for pushed (not ridden) bicycles and small motorbikes. The main contractor is Balfour Beatty. If you have a question please use our message board.
Latest News about the Bridge Reconstruction Works (updated 8th March 2014)
1. The Company has announced that the re-opening of the Bridge to road traffic has been put back from 14th April 2014 (the originally advertised date) to July 2014. The Company's Statement is here, and more information is here.
2. Due to exceptionally high river levels no works have been possible since Christmas. The river level has fallen 1 metre since its recent peak on Sunday 9th February, andt is now close to being within its typical range. However, flows are still high. Works will start as soon as it is safe to do so, but there is currently no estimate as to when this may be.
3. Works around the navigation channel (the second span from the Whitchurch end) will be done first.
4. Detailed plans are being drawn up by Balfour Beatty to enable the works to continue beyond 31st March (when the navigation channel is due to re-open) and to be completed as soon as possible whilst satisfying the Environment Agency on river navigation needs. We expect to make an announcement on these plans, which will include an update to the expected Bridge re-opening date, during w/c Monday 10th March.
5. The Whitchurch Bridge Company, Balfour Beatty and all the other parties involved in the project are committed to completing the works as soon as possible.
Toll Application Process (added 2nd March 2014)
The Goverment has launched a consultation exercise on a simplified process for approving toll increases - details are here.