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Thames toll bridge work postponed

Repairs to the private Whitchurch toll bridge near Pangbourne have been postponed for a year. The £3.8million project was originally scheduled to start later this year, but it has now been delayed until the autumn of next year and will not be completed until April 2014. 

The Whitchurch Bridge Company blamed objections by English Heritage and the need to keep the bridge open to navigation for the whole summer season. 

The company submitted applications to South Oxfordshire District Council and West Berkshire Council in May but only obtained permission in December.

A spokesman for the bridge company said: "The Environment Agency has told us it wants the bridge open to boat traffic for the whole of the summer this year. We are also disappointed with the response from English Heritage, which we don’t think has properly understood the engineering evidence about the condition of the bridge."

The company says it will inspect the 100 year old bridge frequently in the meantime, and describes it as “in poor condition structurally”. 

Tuesday 10 January  | Andrew Denny  | 5.27pm, Tuesday 10 January 2012

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