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Walton Bridge scoops major engineering award

A major bridge that carries thousands of Surrey commuters a day has won a prestigious award.

Surrey County Council’s new Walton Bridge was among the winners at a ceremony held last night by the Institution of Civil Engineers to celebrate the best projects in the industry.

The bridge, which was the first new Thames crossing in 20 years when it opened and replaced two temporary bridges, received the Community Award at the London regional ceremony.

The county council’s project was praised by the judging panel for being “a great example of engineering giving real value to the community”. Its fellow winners included the Crossrail project.

The £32 million road bridge, which carries more than 35,000 commuter cars a day between Shepperton and Walton, was completed last summer on time and on budget after an 18-month construction with contractors Atkins and Costain.

John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “This fantastic result underlines how much we put into improving Surrey’s roads, and getting such an accolade from the cream of the engineering industry is a real compliment to our highways teams and contractors.”

Walton Bridge has another chance to win an ICE award at the South East ceremony on 27 June, where it will be joined by another county council finalist, the £100 million Operation Horizon project that is overhauling more than 300 miles of Surrey’s roads.

For more information, visit the ICE website.

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