The Thames has been closed for four months while a bridge is rebuilt across the river.

A £4 million refurbishment is under way on 111-year old Whitchurch bridge which links the Oxfordshire village with Pangbourne in Berkshire.

The bridge was closed to road traffic earlier this month. The river was closed to boats from Monday November 4th.

It is expected to stay closed until the end of March although the Environment Agency may announce some temporary lifting of the closure during that time if construction allows.

The work entails the removal of the bridge decking before the spans are also removed to the shore for a full refurbishment. Whilst the spans are out new supporting piers will be driven in line with the existing piers which will then be refurbished

Much of the work will be carried out by floating plant on the river. A temporary pedestrian bridge closer to Whitchurch Lock has been built.

More details plus other river closures HERE

Story updated November 4th 2013

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