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MEDIA INVITE: Be the first to cross new £32m road bridge over River Thames

What:

Reporters, photographers and film crews are invited to be the first to walk across the newly completed Walton Bridge – the only road crossing built over the River Thames in more than 20 years.

The spectacular bridge in Surrey will not open to the public until later this month, but media can get a sneak preview of the finished £32 million structure and interview the key players involved in the project while a flotilla of boats will mark the occasion.

When:

9am, Thursday, 11 July for 9.30am start.

Where:

Cowey Sale car park, Walton Lane, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey KT12 1PU. The postcode is for New Zealand Avenue. Once there, continue for 200 yards before turning left on to Walton Lane.

Further details:

Any media wanting to attend, please confirm with senior media relations officer Kevin Richardson. For further information, call Kevin on 0208 541 7267 or Jacob Leverett on 0208 541 9419. This viewing is for members of the media only.

Background information:

The crossing will link major employers, shopping centres and several schools on either side of the river and will be used by around 30,000 vehicles a day.

The design means there are no piers in the water, opening up views along the river and improving navigation for boats.

Costain started construction work in January 2012. Atkins designed the bridge. The firm also designed world famous landmarks including Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium and Hong Kong’s Ting Kau Bridge, the world’s longest road and rail crossing.

A crossing has existed at Walton in various forms since 1750. The first was a toll crossing built by Surrey landowner Samuel Dicker.

The new Walton Bridge. Click image to download

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