New Toll Application (updated
3rd January 2015)
The cost of reconstructing Whitchurch Bridge was significantly higher than expected, and because of this the Company has submitted a Toll Application dated 5th November 2014 to the Secretary of State for Transport seeking an increase in the regulated Class 1 Toll from 40p to 60p. More details are here.
We expect the next step in the approval process will be a Public Inquiry to be held locally, hopefully in Pangbourne, in late Spring 2015. We will publicise the date and location as soon as we can.
We regret that a Toll increase is necessary. Bridge users can be assured that the Secretary of State will only approve the increase if he/she believes it to be justified on the facts.
Pangbourne River Meadow
As agreed with Pangbourne Parish Council the area which was used for the contractor's compound will remain fenced off until the new grass seed, to be sown by the contractor in early Spring 2015, has established. This may take until mid summer 2015 depending on weather conditions. An access track has been provided to the landing stage.
Lamp posts on the Pangbourne Approach Road
(updated 3rd December 2014)
We have let a contract for the replacement of our two lamp posts on the Pangbourne approach road because they are corroded around their bases. This only become apparent following an impact on one just before the Bridge reopened. The new lamp posts will be of similar style to the existing but about 60 cm shorter than now, so the lanterns will be shielded less by the trees. There will be temporary traffic lights during the installation work, which will need to be arranged with West Berkshire Council and carried out between the rush hours. This will probably be in February 2015 - we will announce the date as soon as we can.