The sixth bridge across the River Thames at Walton on Thames opened to traffic at 5.47am on Monday 22 July 2013 after eighteen months of construction works. The project is now in the final stages of completion with all works scheduled for completion within the coming weeks.
Since the start of the construction of the new Walton Bridge the Thames Path running alongside the River Thames has been diverted away from the River Thames to avoid these works. With the completion of the fisherman's platform and the landscaping works having reached an advanced stage, the new section of path running alongside the river has now been opened allowing pedestrians and cyclists to ride alongside the river throughout this stretch of the River Thames.
With all of the landscaping works completed on this side of the river, the construction site fencing has been removed allowing unhindered access to the riverside and the paths that run underneath the new Walton Bridge.
Much progress has been made in the last couple of months resulting in the removal of much of the construction site fencing opening up the new bridleway and footways running through the Cowey Sale.
The final set of works that require traffic management along Walton Lane (Walton) will take place over the coming weeks as detailed below, which are all subject to operational and weather conditions.
1 to 5 September 2014
To facilitate the laying of the coloured road surfacing on Walton Lane throughout the new 20mph zone section it will be necessary to close this road between the hours of 21:00 and 06:00 each night. The closure will extend from the junction with the A244 Walton Bridge/Bridge Street through to the entrance to Desborough Island. A fully signed diversion route will be in operation when Walton Lane is closed using Oatlands Drive, Monument Hill, Monument Green and Thames Street. Access to the Cowey Sale car park will be restricted during these times and may be via the diversion route. Please allow extra time for your journey.
Cowey Sale car park
The car park will be closed completely to the public between Tuesday 26 August and Friday 29 August between 19:30 and 06:00 each night so that the final coloured road surface can be laid. Between the hours of 06:00 and 08:00 each morning limited parking will be available before the full car park reopens to the public at 08:00. The dates for these works are subject to change due to weather and operational conditions.
There are still a few remaining items of work to complete the new building, which are scheduled for completion by the end of August although some of this has been delayed waiting for items to be manufactured. A final inspection will then take place between Surrey County Council, the main contractor Costain Ltd and Elmbridge Borough Council, who will ultimately take on ownership of the building. Before the building can open to the public, ownership needs to be transferred from the County Council to the Borough Council which is ongoing, but does take time to complete.
Once the ownership has been transferred to Elmbridge Borough Council, they will then be in a position to open the new toilets although the cafe facility may not open immediately as the future cafe tenant will need to fit out the facility. Both parties are actively progressing the legal aspects with a view to being able to open the facilities as soon as is practically possible
To facilitate some works to the underside of Walton Bridge to prevent pigeons from roosting on parts of the structure, it will be necessary to place some navigational restrictions along the stretch of the river under the bridge for safety and operational reasons. Partial closures will be in place similar to those used during the demolition of the two redundant bridges. Navigation of the river will be provided with half of the river open to traffic between the embankment and the centre of the river with advance warning signs in place at all times to guide river users on the correct side to use. These restrictions are scheduled to be in place between Monday 8 September and Friday 26 September during the daytime hours of 8:00am and 7:00pm Monday to Friday only. Outside of these hours and at weekends all restrictions will be removed from the river.
Information from the previous meeting that took place on 16 April 2014 is attached through the Community Meeting link below.
The main activities that will be taking place until the end of the project are:
We have details and drawings regarding the project on the links below.
If you have any questions please contact the Walton Bridge Project team at: firstname.lastname@example.org