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King’s Meadow Footbridge Replacement Works Begin on Monday

  • King's Meadow footbridge will be closed for 13 weeks whilst the replacement is installed
  • New modern structure will be 4.5m wide, more than double the current width

WORK to replace Kings Meadow footbridge with a modern new structure, which is also more than double the existing width, begins next week (10 June).

The Council project on the banks of the Thames marks the start of a £4m, two-year investment in bridges and other structures around Reading.

The existing wooden structure at Kings Meadow is well used by pedestrians and cyclists alike but is now deteriorating. It will be completely replaced by the Council with work expected to run for 13 weeks in total. A temporary closure of the footway will be in place during the project, with a signed diversion route across the meadow for pedestrians and cyclists. The footbridge also forms part of National Cycle Route 5.

The existing 2 metre wide footbridge will be replaced with one which is 4.5 metres wide. It will be much more robust, being made of glass fibre-reinforced polymer. A concrete retaining wall will also be built on the southwest corner of the bridge.

Reading’s bridges are maintained by Reading Borough Council’s Highways team. This year the team will also be refurbishing Orbit Footbridge (behind Queens Road Car Park) and High Bridge in Duke Street, which is a scheduled ancient monument, as well as strengthening sections of Kennetside retaining wall.

The Council’s commitment to keeping Reading’s bridges in safe working order allowed residents to celebrate Reading Bridge’s centenary in October. Through its consultants, the Council inspects all bridges and structures on a cyclical basis and those requiring maintenance works are actioned for repair.

Sam Shean, Highways & Traffic Services Manager at Reading Borough Council, said:

“This is a really important upgrade for Reading, as the King’s Meadow footbridge is a key link in our pedestrian and cycle network to encourage healthier ways to travel around Reading. The new bridge will be much more resident-friendly as it is more than double the width of the old one, and is being built from the most durable, modern materials.

“This is part of an ongoing programme of work to keep Reading’s bridges and structures in good condition, that will also see Orbit Footbridge and High Bridge refurbished this year.

“We know that these works will cause some temporary short-term inconvenience, and thank residents in advance for their cooperation and understanding while this important work takes place”.