Plans for a new transport bridge spanning the River Thames in Surrey − the first for 20 years − have been boosted by the approval of a compulsory purchase order by the Government.
Transport secretary Lord Adonis approved the order for the new bridge, which will join Walton and Shepperton in the summer of 2013 if construction deadlines are met and appropriate funding is acquired.
Lord Adonis approved the order to acquire the land for the Walton Bridge project as well as two further orders, which will pave the way for its construction following a two-day public inquiry held last summer.
The new structure will replace the current Walton Bridge, which is expected to become structurally weak by 2015.
Work on the £30M project is subject to the successful acquisition of funding from the Government. Once the money is in place, officials at Surrey County Council expect work to commence in early 2010 if the 2013 deadline is to be met.