Work starts on Reading’s landmark new structure later this month. When complete, the new shared pedestrian and cycle bridge will be approximately 120m long, with a 68m span over the River Thames.
Reading’s new bridge will be located to the east of Fry’s Island, between the existing Caversham and Reading Bridges. It will provide a key new route for pedestrians and cyclists from Caversham into the town centre, and to and from Reading Station. On the northern side it will link to the existing paths running through Christchurch Meadows. To the south it will link to an improved riverside foot and cycle path and connect via Norman Place onto Vastern Road.
The bridge is being funded through the Council’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF). Construction of the new bridge will continue until early Summer 2015.
Tony Page, Reading Borough Council’s Lead Member for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport, said: “The start of the construction phase of Reading’s new pedestrian and cycle bridge is a significant landmark for the scheme. When the bridge is complete in 2015 it will be a unique and stunning landmark structure for the town. It will provide an important new link across the River Thames for pedestrians and cyclists coming to and from the town centre, bringing benefits locally to Caversham and Reading as a whole.
Reading’s new shared use pedestrian and cycle bridge is being funded through using part of Reading Borough Council’s successful £20.7m Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) bid to the Department for Transport (DfT). LSTF aims to create a significant step change in trips made by sustainable modes such as walking, cycling and public transport. Other highlights of the Council’s project include ReadyBike – the Council’s Bike Hire Scheme – and expanded Park and Ride facilities, along with a range of other initiatives.
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