Whitchurch Bridge to be rebuilt

There are plans to rebuild the iron Whitchurch Bridge which opened in 1902.

The first bridge was erected in 1792. Todayt’s listed early Edwardian toll crossing was built when cars were still outnumbered by horse and cart. The planned works are intended to strengthen the bridge which is now used by heavy lorries.

The cost is about £3m and already there have been protests about the toll being being doubled to 40p. Once carriages paid just two pence for each wheel.

If planning permission is given it is expected that work will take place next year when there will be a temporary bridge alongside for pedestrians.

See pages 134 and 135.

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