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New Thames Bridge to open in July

Contractors were this week gearing up to start surfacing work on the new £32M A244 Walton Bridge between Walton-on-Thames and Shepperton in Surrey ahead of its July opening.

The bridge is being erected to replace two existing bridges that run parallel and adjacent to the new structure.

Cars crossing the river at Walton and Shepperton are currently using a temporary Mabey bridge erected in 1999. Cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders use a Callendar-Hamilton bridge erected in the 1950s to replace one damaged by a bomb in the Second World War. Consultant Atkins designed the new structure, which is being built by contractor Costain.

“The next phase is to finish the tie-ins for the road at each end,” said Costain project manager Andy Bannister.

“Once we’ve moved the traffic we’ll be able to do that.”

The bridge will open to traffic before the end of July this year, then allowing the contractors to demolish and remove the existing bridges. Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin is due to open the bridge in on 11 July.

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