The Reconstruction of Whitchurch Bridge - information is on a separate page
Whitchurch Bridge carries the B471 over the River Thames between Pangbourne in West Berkshire, and Whitchurch-on-Thames in Oxfordshire. It lies within the civil parish of Whitchurch-on-Thames, which in turn lies within the district of South Oxfordshire and the county of Oxfordshire.
Whitchurch Bridge lies within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Whitchurch-on-Thames Conservation Area, and is a Grade II listed structure for planning purposes. The local Planning authority is South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC).
The Bridge is subject to an environmental weight limit of 7.5 tonnes mgw, as is the B471 through Whitchurch-on-Thames. Access to the Bridge is restricted by a low railway over-Bridge (11 feet headroom) on the Pangbourne (south) approach, and limiting road widths and a steep hill in Whitchurch-on-Thames.
Our engineering consultants Peter Brett Associates of Reading have started work on the development of a scheme to widen the footway and roadway on the Pangbourne approach road. The first stage will be a “scoping study” - this will build on the work undertaken in 2011- 2012 which involved informal consultations with Pangbourne Parish Council, Whitchurch-on-Thames Parish Council and West Berkshire Council (as local Planning Authority). The conclusion at that time was that the highway should be widened on the Dolphin Centre side and that the footway should remain on the Boathouse Surgery side.
The new scoping study will look at issues and constraints such as topography, hydrology, environment and heritage. Options will be identified for further development and as a basis for further local consultation.
It should be noted that between the Surgery entrance and the Bridge the Company only owns the land between the railings (ie the roadway and footway): the land outside the railings is owned by others and a transfer of ownership would need to be agreed if the highway is to be widened.
The Company is to proceed with the modification of the speed hump by the Toll Booth so that it is easier to use as a crossing point, as requested by Whitchurch-on-Thames Parish Council's Traffic and Pavements Advisory Group (TAPAG). The proposed design is based upon consultations with TAPAG: the design drawing, which is subject to detail change, is here. Our contractor is fully committed with work at local schools over the school holidays, so this work will be undertaken in September.
We expect the road to remain open during the works. Some single way traffic control will be necessary, but we intend to maintain 2 way traffic during the morning and evening peak hours.