Monday, 25 June 2018

Pedestrian crossing at bridge

A NEW pedestrian crossing has been installed at Whitchurch toll bridge.

A NEW pedestrian crossing has been installed at Whitchurch toll bridge.

The company which owns the bridge has flattened a speed hump near the toll booths on the Whitchurch side and painted it red on top.

This doesn’t give pedestrians priority but should make them more visible while people with buggies will be able to cross more easily.

The work was carried out following consultation with Whitchurch Parish Council’s traffic advisory group.

It started on Monday and took three days, during which the road remained open.

The company also wants to widen the bridge approach road on the Pangbourne side next year and is awaiting a report on the proposal from its consultant Peter Brett Associates, of Reading.

It’s likely that the road would be widened at the eastern kerb, by the Adventure Dolphin activity centre, while the opposite pavement by the Boathouse GPs’ surgery would remain.

The company will hold a public consultation before Christmas and will publish the Brett report for inspection as part of this. It hopes to submit a planning application early next spring.

Geoff Weir, secretary of the Whitchurch Bridge Company, said: “The work will be somewhat disruptive. It’s too soon to be certain but we’re keen to avoid a full road closure if we can because, practically speaking, that would prevent us from collecting tolls.”

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