Footbridge closures in case of flooding
During significant rain fall events that cause the river level to rise, it may become necessary to close the temporary footbridge. Weather and river levels can be unpredictable so it may not be possible for us to publish an update as soon as the bridge is closed.
The footbridge will close when river levels reach 1.70m. If you are concerned that the footbridge may close, we recommend that you regularly check the Government's Flood Information Service which provides updates on the current river level - when this indicates that the river level has reached 1.70m or above, the footbridge will be closed.
When the footbridge is closed an off peak bus service will be provided to shuttle pedestrians from one side of the river to the other. They journey time will be approximately 11 minutes. The details of the bus service, including times of operation, will be provided here once they have been confirmed. As the bus service is reliant on availability of drivers there may be a delay between the footbridge closing and the service commencing.
When will the footbridge reopen following a closure?
The footbridge will be closed when the river reaches an unsafe level. This means that the temporary footbridge structure has reached its design limits and needs to be closed to protect the safety of users. Before the footbridge can be reopened the river needs to drop to a level that will allow the footbridge structure to be inspected for defects and any necessary repairs carried out. Unfortunately this means that while the river may have dropped to a safe level, the footbridge will remain closed until it has been deemed safe to reopen. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this process.
Emergency contact details
In an emergency situation where there is a danger to life, please call 999 immediately.
For other emergencies relating to the temporary footbridge or the works site please call Surrey County Council on: 0300 200 1003
Tilford East Bridge is now closed and will only reopen at the completion of works.
Access for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists is being maintained via the temporary footbridge.
We are undertaking a full refurbishment of Tilford East Bridge. This includes improving the durability of the structure's parapet, replacing all of the hidden oak beams with steel beams and repairing the stonework.
Works commenced on site in June 2019 with the construction of the temporary footbridge. Work on the bridge structure itself commenced in September 2019. Work is expected to take approximately 10 months.
As it is a scheduled monument all work carried out on Tilford East Bridge has to conform to Historic England guidelines. Please see more information about the bridge on the Historic England website.
For the latest progress update, please see Tilford East Bridge improvement scheme newsletter
Frequently asked questions
Why are the works so long?
The scheme will be intricate requiring specialist and skilled contractors to repair the stone work as existing. We have strict conditions set out by Historic England under the schedule of monuments consents concerning dismantlement of the existing bridge and construction of the new one. Where time savings can be made we will endeavour to do so.
What are the working hours?
The contract working week is Monday to Friday, however, where necessary the contractors will be working weekends.
How will equestrians cross the river during the works?
There will be no access through the river for equestrians. Access for equestrians will be maintained via a separate diversion route along BOAT 525 (byway open to all traffic) or bridleway seven.
What permits are required for the scheme?
Permits have been obtained from both the Environment Agency and Historic England.
What will the diversion be for vehicles?
Following consultation with Tilford Parish Council, a diversion route has been agreed, as detailed below:
Tilford Road, Thursley Road, Farnham Road and Tilford Street, or this route in reverse order.
Will the riverside car park be open for all to use during the works?
The parish council have kindly allowed us to use the car park as the site compound for the duration of the scheme. There will be no access for other vehicles during the project.
Will the river be available for paddling during the works?
For safety reasons, the river will be closed during the scheme.
I have a business, can I get a business rate reduction?
To be granted a business rate reduction there has to be a Material Change Circumstance (MCC) for the duration of a scheme.
As a general rule MCC would need to last at least six months before it is considered having an impact on the rateable value. This period can be shorter if the impact of the specific MCC is very severe.
For information about reduced business rates please contact the Valuation Office (part of the Inland Revenue) number on 0300 501 501 and then press option two and hold to speak to someone. They will then advise you to register on their website where the application will be assessed for eligibility.
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