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Whitchurch Bridge
Pangbourne

Reading

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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. There is a temporary footbridge for pedestrians, invalid buggies and pushed (not ridden) bicycles and small motorbikes. If you have a question please use our message board.  

Bridge Re-opening Date (updated 12th September 2014)

We are pleased to announce that the Bridge will reopen for road traffic at 1700 hrs on Friday 19th September.  There will be an opening ceremony at 1500 hrs to which everyone is invited.  We will have a veteran 1902 De Dion car to drive across the Bridge and cut a tape to mark the reopening. Tea and cake will be available. We will announce more details later. 

The Bridge will reopen for pedestrians on Wednesday 17th September to allow for reinstatement of the footway and railings etc across the access points to the footbridge.  This work 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.

 

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

This website is the main source of information about the reconstruction of Whitchurch Bridge.  Balfour Beatty are also mail-dropping a monthly Newsletter to local residents - the latest edition, July, is here.  If you would like to receive newsletters by email please email us.

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 decide to 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.