Berkshire

Work due to start on Reading Thames bridge

Design for the pedestrian and cycle bridge in Caversham
Image caption The bridge is being paid for through the Council's Local Sustainable Transport Fund

Work is due to start on a new £5.9m pedestrian and cycling bridge across the River Thames in Reading.

The 394ft (120m) bridge is being built to give dedicated access for walkers and cyclists between Caversham and Reading Station and the town centre.

Reading Borough Council said the work would begin later this month, with the steel bridge opening by summer 2015.

The bridge is being paid for through the Council's Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF).

It is part of a £20.7m transport package, which also includes Reading's bike hire scheme and a new park and ride.

The bridge has met with a mixed reaction from some future users.

Reading Cycling Campaign, who welcome the bridge but object to the design, have called for segregated lanes for cyclists and pedestrians.

The group says the expected volume of use will cause cyclists and pedestrians to "come into conflict".

The bridge will sit to the east of Fry's Island, between the existing Caversham and Reading Bridges.

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