About the Current Bridge
The Reconstruction of Whitchurch Bridge - information is on a separate page
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.
Pangbourne Approach Road (updated 2nd May 2017)
We asked our engineering consultants Peter Brett Associates (PBA) of Reading to evaluate the options for improving the Pangbourne approach road, and they produced their Report "Whitchurch Bridge Approach Road - Options for Highway Widening".
During the initial period of Pre-Application Consultation a new proposal emerged which we're calling Option D, which proposes a route for a footway through the trees away from the bend on the road. We are evaluting this option which looks attractive in principle. However, the footway needs to be as straight as possible with no blind corners (to reassure pedestrians on personal safety) whilst avoiding potential damage to the trees. We have asked PBA to do further work on design and estimated costs for both Option D and the earlier Option C2.
All the options encroach on to land owned by other parties, so we will seek to negotiate easements and/or the transfer of land ownership to us for the chosen option subject to Planning Permission being granted. We will also need to reach agreement with other parties on the use of their land by our contractors during the works. When we have these agreements in place (and we can only proceed if we get these agreements) we will prepare a Planning Application for submission to West Berkshire Council.