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Barkham Bridge

Barkham Bridge

Schedule of work

  1. Summer / Autumn 2018: Data collection including archaeological and environmental studies
  2. Spring 2019: Complete detailed design    
  3. Spring 2019: Site preparation and utilities re-routing
  4. Autumn 2019: Construction begins
  5. Winter 2020 / 2021: Open for traffic

Why we're proposing improvement to Barkham Bridge

The current Barkham Bridge is an existing highway structure along B3349 Barkham Road, operating on a priority give-way system thereby enabling vehicular traffic to cross the Barkham Brook. The improvements as currently proposed include the construction of a new highway bridge in order to accommodate continuous flow 2 way traffic. These improvements are needed in order to support major new developments in Wokingham borough, in particular the Arborfield Garrison major development.


The Barkham Bridge project consists of a new bridge structure across the Barkham Brook and approximately 300 metres of associated carriageway realignment. The new bridge is to be constructed south of the existing Barkham Bridge within private land. The existing Barkham Bridge Structure is to be retained and be converted to a shared footway/cycleway, connecting the existing sections of footway to the east and west.

Current project status

The project is currently in detailed design, focusing on the design of the structure and drainage strategy. We are also working with the Environment Agency with regard to flood mitigation. Environmental surveys are being conducted and ground investigation works have been carried out to locate existing underground utilities. Initial enabling works including vegetation clearance necessary to access the site was undertaken in March with further works planned for Spring/Summer 2019.

Barkham Bridge is being progressed through permitted development rights under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 as the proposed works are on public highway or immediately adjoining public highway. 

A certificate of lawful development under Section 192 of the Act was provided by the planning authority in February 2017.

Further information on the detailed design will be provided as it becomes available.

Main construction is due to start in Autumn 2019. A detailed construction programme is currently being developed.

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