About the Current Bridge

Whitchurch Bridge

The Reconstruction of Whitchurch Bridge - information is on a separate page

Pangbourne Approach Road


Whitchurch Bridge (updated 25th April 2015)

Whitchurch Bridge carries the B471 over the River Thames between Pangbourne in West Berkshire, and Whitchurch-on-Thames in Oxfordshire. It lies within the civil parish of Whitchurch-on-Thames, which in turn lies within the district of South Oxfordshire and the county of Oxfordshire.

Whitchurch Bridge lies within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Whitchurch-on-Thames Conservation Area, and is a Grade II listed structure for planning purposes. The local Planning authority is South Oxfordshire District Council.

The Bridge is subject to an environmental weight limit of 7.5 tonnes mgw, as is the B471 through Whitchurch-on-Thames.  Access to the Bridge is restricted by a low railway over-Bridge (11 feet headroom) on the Pangbourne (south) approach, and limited road widths and a steep hill in Whitchurch-on-Thames.

The Bridge was closed for reconstruction in October 2013 and reopened on 19th September 2014 - details here.  Details of the old Bridge are on the History page

Pangbourne Approach Road (updated 19th January 2018)

We asked our engineering consultants Peter Brett Associates (PBA) to identify options for widening the Pangbourne approach road. Their Report proposed various options and we later asked them to evaluate a further option - a "path through the trees" - suggested by a local resident. That Addendum Report is here. All the options are constrained by the trees, topography and other features of the local area.

After careful consideration we have decided on PBA's option C2 as our preferred option. This would widen the narrowest part of the road from 4.7m to 5.2 m - the same width as the road on the Bridge - and widen about 20m of the footway from 1m to 1.5m. The railings and kerbside rumble strip would be replaced, the roadway and footway resurfaced, and the speed limit signage improved.  Our neighbours, Pangbourne Parish Council and Pangbourne Medical Practice, have both kindly agreed in principle to option C2 site investigations and works on their property.

PBA are in discussions with West Berkshire Council on the planning issues involved and we await the outcome.   Estimated costs for option C2 are higher than expected and we will be looking at ways to reduce these, as on present estimates we could not afford to do the works before 2020.

We have therefore decided to proceed immediately with a traffic calming scheme which will join up with the Pangbourne 20 mph zone to give a clear and continuous 20mph speed limit from the Toll Booth, over the Bridge and along Whitchurch Road into Pangbourne.  We expect the scheme to include new 20 mph signs at the Toll Booth, a tidying up of the signage at the boundary of the Pangbourne 20 mph zone outside the Boathouse Surgery, proactive "Slow Down" signs, and the reinstatement of the roadway rumble strip alongside the Pangbourne approach road footway kerb.  PBA are in discussions with West Berkshire Council on the details and we hope to complete the works by autumn 2018.