Reading Festival bridge

A new bridge has been built over the River Thames to take thousands of visitors to the Reading Festival. 

The temporary structure, made out of the stage used for Madonna’s tour, has just been completed upstream of Caversham Bridge. 

In recent years young campers on the Mapledurham side have had to queue for a ferry to reach the festival site by the towpath on the Reading bank. 

Youngsters using one of the camping areas at the Reading Festival have had to queue in recent years to take a boat to and from the main site. Festival director Melvin Benn has wanted to build a crossing for some years.

“It’s a dream come true” he said yesterday after inspecting the £1m bridge which opens tomorrow for the use of festival goers only.

The bridge will be dismantled later this month and re-erected next year.

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