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Whitchurch Bridge
Pangbourne

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Whitchurch Toll Bridge, which is owned by The Company of Proprietors of Whitchurch Bridge, is under reconstruction.  The main contractor is Balfour Beatty. If you have a question please use our message board.  

Bridge Reopening Date (updated 17th September 2014)

The Bridge is now open for pedestrians, invalid buggies and pushed (not ridden) bicycles and small motorbikes, and will reopen for road traffic at 1700 hrs on Friday 19th September.

Work on the reinstatement of the footway and railings etc across the access points to the footbridge may continue after the reopening date and require some short term temporary footway diversions.

We will start collecting Tolls at 1100 hrs on Wednesday 24th September - until then crossings will be free.  

Bridge Reopening Event (updated 16th September 2014) 

There will be a Bridge reopening event on Friday 19th September to which local people are invited. The programme is:

1500 hrs    Local people are invited to gather at the Pangbourne end of the Bridge.  Complimentary tea, coffee and a slice of our special "Bridge Cake" (from our great local supplier FOOD KICK) will be available - but not in unlimited quantities!

1515 hrs    A few words on behalf of the Company

1530 hrs    David Card's veteran 1902 De Dion car (1902 being the year the current Bridge was originally built) with 3 special guests will drive across the Bridge from the Whitchurch end and cut a tape to mark the reopening. We will facilitate photo opportunities.  

Information about the Bridge Reconstruction (updated 8th August 2014)

This website is the main source of information about the reconstruction of Whitchurch Bridge. Details of the works programme are here.

A time-lapse photographic record of the works for the last month is here.  Nick Brazil's videos are here.

Tolls and Toll Collection System (updated 22nd August 2014)

Parkare, our Bridge Card system supplier, have installed quicker-acting barriers, longer-range Bridge Card readers and new software, which together will improve cycle times and thus reduce queues. We confirm that when the Bridge re-opens the casth Toll will remain at 40p and the Bridge Card Toll - for new top-ups - will increase to 29.4p (ie 34 crossings for 10).  All pre-paid crossings on Bridge Cards paid for at 20p will be valid until they are used up.  There will be no increase in Tolls until we submit a Toll Application (which the Board will discuss in September 2014) and get approval from the Secretary of State for Transport: this process takes up to a year. If and when we decide to submit a Toll Application we'll announce it here and on Twitter and publish the full Toll Application on this website.