£32m Walton road bridge opens to Surrey traffic
- 22 July 2013
- From the section Surrey
The first road bridge to be built over the River Thames for more than 20 years has opened to traffic.
The £32m Walton Bridge in Surrey took just over a year to build and was completed earlier this month,
It replaces two temporary bridges connecting Walton and Shepperton that were built when an earlier bridge was damaged in World War II.
More than £23m came from the government for the project, with £8.5m from Surrey County Council.
Councillor Rachael Lake, who represents Walton, said the structure was vital to businesses on both sides of the river and would be used by about 34,000 vehicles a day.
Councillor John Furey, transport cabinet member, said more work would take place over the next year to take down the old bridge, improve roads leading to the new bridge, and look at possible improvements to junctions on both the Shepperton and Walton sides of the river.
The last new road bridge over the Thames opened in Oxfordshire in 1993.
The most recent in the London area was the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge, part of the Dartford Crossing, which opened in 1991.
Motorists started crossing the new bridge at about 05:45 BST.