Whitchurch Toll Bridge, which is owned by The Company of Proprietors of Whitchurch Bridge, is under reconstruction and closed to road traffic until September 2014. The main contractor is Balfour Beatty. There is a temporary footbridge for pedestrians and invalid buggies etc. also for pushed (not ridden) bicycles and small motorbikes. If you have a question please use our message board.
Information (added 12th April 2014)
This website is the main source of information about the reconstruction of Whitchurch Bridge. You can also follow us on Twitter. Balfour Beatty recently mail-dropped a Newsletter to local residents: there will be future newsletters at monthly intervals which will include details of work completed in the previous month, work planned for the next month, and any update on the planned re-opening date. Balfour Beatty are also planning a 1-day public exhibition in Pangbourne - probably in early May - with members of the project team on hand to explain the reconstruction works and discuss questions on a one-to-one basis.
A time-lapse photographic record of the works for the last month is here. Pictures for Monday 24th - Friday 28th March are missing because of a technical fault.
Latest News about the Bridge Reconstruction Works (updated 16th April 2014)
Details of the works programme are here, next jobs are:
Remove some fender elements to open up space for the piling rig
Install catchment trays on top of the pile casings
In situ cold stich repairs to top plates of all 6 pier capitals by Metalock Ltd of Coventry.
In situ refurbishment and repainting of all 6 pier capitals by Coastground Ltd of Great Yarmouth
Reconstruction of northern abutment including new brickwork, plinth and bearings
Further demolition of southern abutment
Delivery and mobilisation of piling rig in compound, planned for w/c Monday 28th April.
Installation of 3 new piles for new southern abutment by Foundation Piling Ltd of Chesham
Complete reconstruction of southern abutment including new brickwork, plinth and bearings
River Users (updated 11th April 2014)
river is open for navigation past Whitchurch Bridge. However, the river will be closed to all
boat traffic from 0700 hrs Tuesday 6th May - 0700 hrs Thursday 8th May, and
from 0700 hrs Tuesday 13th May - 0700 hrs Thursday 15th May. Please see this
Harbourmaster's Notice for more details.