Preparations to begin building Reading’s new pedestrian and cycle bridge start this week. Construction work on the new bridge itself will start in November. The bridge is expected to be completed in Summer 2015.
Design Engine have worked with structural engineers Peter Brett Associates on the design of the new shared pedestrian and cycle bridge which will be located to the east of Fry’s Island, between the existing Caversham and Reading Bridges. It will provide a key new route for pedestrians and cyclists from Caversham into the town centre, and to and from Reading Station. On the northern side it will link to the existing paths running through Christchurch Meadows. To the south it will link to an improved riverside foot and cycle path and connect via Norman Place onto Vastern Road. When complete, it will be approximately 120m long, with a 68m span over the River Thames.