Voting opens to name Reading's £5.9m new bridge

Reading's new bridge
Image caption Residents have the opportunity to choose from one of four names for Reading's new bridge, all of which were proposed by members of the public

Voting has opened to name Reading's new bridge which cost £5.9m to build.

The bridge, which crosses the River Thames, opened in September and allows cyclists and pedestrians from Caversham to access Reading Station and the town centre.

Residents can vote for one of four names until 21 March.

The 400ft (120m) bridge was met with a mixed response from cycle campaigners who wanted a dedicated lane for cyclists.

'Key landmark'

The bridge, which was funded by Reading Borough Council, is made of 455 tonnes of steel and has a mast which was imported from the Netherlands.

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Media captionReading council has released time-lapse footage of the bridge being built

Councillor Tony Page said: "The new bridge is already established as a key landmark for Reading.

"The shortlist of names selected reflects public feedback received, both before and after the bridge opened. It includes both historical names, as well as names which reflect the bridge surroundings."

The winning name will be announced at a council meeting on 22 March.

What are the proposed names relevant to Reading?

  • Christchurch Bridge: Christchurch Meadow in Reading was named after Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford and owned by Reading businessman Joseph Fiddler. It was later conveyed to the Corporation of Reading
  • De Montfort Bridge: Robert De Montfort fought King Henry II's standard bearer, Henry of Essex, as part of a "trial by combat" on an island in the Thames near Caversham in 1163
  • Cusden Bridge: Phoebe Cusden was the mayor of Reading in 1947 during a year of horrendous flooding. She established a Flood Distress Fund which gave money to 1,60 damaged homes
  • William Marshall Bridge: William Marshall was a 13th Century knight and was known as "England's greatest knight". He lived on an estate in Caversham
Image caption The bridge was opened by Reading's mayor Sarah Hacker in September

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