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Spectacular arches on new River Thames bridge

Work in progress. Arches on the new Walton Bridge will eventually span the River Thames.

Spectacular arches that will eventually span the Thames are being put in place as part of the first major new road bridge over the famous river in more than 20 years.

It is 10 months since the construction of Walton Bridge began and people can now get a real sense of what the finished crossing will look like.

Linking Walton-on-Thames and Shepperton, the bridge will improve access to several schools, major employers and shopping centres.

It is due to be completed by the summer of 2013 when it will replace two long-serving temporary bridges next to it.

Artist’s impressions of how the completed Walton Bridge will look.

The Surrey County Council project has been praised by Transport Minister Norman Baker as an “important scheme” that would “aid economic growth”.

The new bridge is being built by Costain. Around 34,000 vehicles use the current road crossing on week days.

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Media requiring more information can contact Surrey County Council senior media relations officer James Oxley on 0208 541 7259 or at james.oxley@surreycc.gov.uk.

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