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Councils seek contributions towards Thames flood defence scheme

Utility companies, local enterprise partnerships and businesses will be asked to contribute to a £300 million River Thames defence scheme under plans unveiled at a meeting with the government’s flooding envoy Philip Hammond. Seven councils whose residents and businesses were affected by last February’s floods will work to secure contributions from Thames Valley Berkshire, Enterprise … Continue reading

In pictures and video: Walton Bridge opens to traffic

The first new road bridge to be built over the River Thames in 20 years opened to traffic this morning on schedule.

New Walton Bridge on road to opening

Picture caption: Around 220 tonnes of asphalt have been laid on top of 1,200 tonnes of concrete to create the smooth surface that more than 30,000 vehicles a day will use from next month when the new Walton Bridge becomes the first major road crossing over the River Thames to open in more than 20 … Continue reading

Video: Watch Walton Bridge being built in three minutes

Watch a video timelapse of Surrey County Council’s new Walton Bridge being built in just three minutes. The impressive structure is the first major road crossing of the River Thames to be built in more than 20 years. The bridge is due to open this summer. Please feel free to embed the video. Media looking for … Continue reading

Spectacular arches on new River Thames bridge

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 … Continue reading

Foundations to be laid for new Thames bridge

The foundations for the first new road bridge across the River Thames in more then 20 years will be laid in the coming weeks. Preparation work began in January on the £32 million crossing between Walton-on-Thames and Shepperton, which included diverting pipes and cables and creating temporary access roads. Workers will now begin laying the … Continue reading

Ian Lake and Norman Baker interviewed about new Walton bridge

Transport Minister Norman Baker today welcomed the start of work on the new Walton bridge over the River Thames in an interview alongside Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment Ian Lake. Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey

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