NEWS / Construction of new Thames bridge begins

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Work starts today on the first major new road bridge built over England’s River Thames in more than 20 years.

Surrey County Council’s US$49 million crossing will link Walton-on-Thames and Shepperton. The new Walton Bridge is being built by Costain to a design by Atkins. The design avoids the use of piers in the water, opening up views along the river and improving navigation for boats.

The first phase of construction will see the bridge's foundations laid before the main support arches are installed. The bridge is due to be completed by the summer of 2013 and will replace two long-serving temporary bridges next to it.

"Surrey's roads carry nearly twice the national average traffic flow and this crossing will make a real difference to local residents, commuters and businesses as well as becoming an important new landmark on the river,” said Ian Lake, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment. It will be one of five crossings of the Thames in Surrey.

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