Whitchurch bridge update

On January 27th it was announced that the Whitchurch bridge will now reopen in July 2014, not April as originally planned.  We reproduce below the statement from the Whitchurch bridge company from their website here.

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STATEMENT BY THE WHITCHURCH BRIDGE COMPANY (Visit the website here)

Delay to the Re-opening of Whitchurch Bridge

Balfour Beatty, the main contractor for the reconstruction of Whitchurch Bridge, has informed the Whitchurch Bridge Company that it will be unable to re-open the Bridge to road traffic on the advertised date of 14th April 2014. It is now expected that the Bridge will re-open in July 2014 – the exact date will be announced later.

Although many options have been explored for recovering the time lost prior to the start of the demolition works and more recently due to the adverse river conditions, Balfour Beatty has been unable to devise a plan which will get the project back on schedule. The Whitchurch Bridge Company’s project management team will continue to work collaboratively with Balfour Beatty to evaluate all opportunities for saving time during the remainder of the project.

Mike Beckley, Chairman of the Whitchurch Bridge Company, says “The Company very much regrets the inconvenience that the delay to the re-opening will cause to local residents, residents on the diversionary routes and local businesses. We will continue to press Balfour Beatty to complete the works as soon as possible”.

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Whilst the impact and inconvenience to residents of both Pangbourne and Whitchurch is well understood, the Parish Council believes that now more than ever its important that residents and visitors support the businesses in Pangbourne, businesses who may be impacted by the continued closure of the bridge.

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We can all do our part to shop locally, and the Parish Council is proud to support this campaign, and support local business!

 

 

 

 

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