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Name confirmed for Reading's £5.9m new Thames bridge

Reading's new bridge
Image caption The name of Reading's new bridge was picked from one of four suggestions

A new cycle and pedestrian bridge across the River Thames at Reading has been named after a public vote.

The £5.9m Christchurch Bridge opened in September and links Caversham with Reading Station and the town centre.

The name was chosen from a shortlist and announced at a council meeting on Tuesday.

Four suggestions were shortlisted following an informal public consultation which received 342 responses.

The 400ft (120m) bridge, which was funded by Reading Borough Council, is made of 455 tonnes of steel and has a mast made in the Netherlands.


The proposed names for the bridge

  • 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 1,600 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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