The footpath bridge on the Bucks side of the river on the Fawley section of the footpath (No 12) has still not been fixed by Buckinghamshire County Council after the expected 6 months notice.
The bridge collapsed into the water in November and has been shut off by fencing. A notice was fixed to the fencing which said, “The Order will come into operation on 16 November and will continue for a period not exceeding six months or until the said works have been completed whichever is the sooner.”
This week Mark Shaw, Buckinghamshire County Council Deputy Leader and Transport Cabinet Member told us that construction of a new footbridge by the Thames at Fawley will start later this month. The concrete pad foundations for a new bridge will be laid at the end of May, followed by the construction and installation of the timber bridge later in June, once the concrete has cured and subject to the weather.
Mark said, “Building this replacement bridge has taken longer than I would have liked, and I’m sorry about the delay. We’ve had to deal with a number of issues: tendering to find a specialist contractor who can design and build a long-span bridge, delays in sourcing the right timber from abroad, and working within conditions laid down by the landowner, as access to the site is over private land.”
The cost of the new bridge is £21,000.