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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 2020/21: Open for traffic 

Current project status

Detailed design is now complete and construction has started, with the road due to be open to traffic in Winter 2020/21.

Take a look at the project overview below for more information and to find out what has happened so far and what is coming up next:

Take a look at the project newsletters for more detailed progress.

Watch the fly-through video

Watch the video, below, showing the route currently being constructed as part of the Arborfield Cross Relief Road and works at Barkham Bridge. This is being delivered by us as part of our £124 million Major Highways Project.

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 council owned 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.

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.

We have been working closely with the Environment Agency to confirm details around flood mitigation and drainage and detailed design is now complete.

Work is progressing following the completion of the enabling works and set up of the site. Installation of the bridge beams was completed in Spring 2020.

Take a look at the project overview below to find out more about what will be constructed and what has happened so far.


A key part of the programme will be coordinating with existing utility suppliers including gas, electricity, water, and other providers to ensure all utilities within the proposed works corridor are diverted or protected as necessary.  This will be carried out with minimal disruption to road users.

To stay up to speed with all our Major Highways projects you can sign up to our Major New Roads Newsletter which offers you a summary of all the latest progress that we have made from planning applications to construction.

Take a look at the newsletters below:


You can also sign up to our contractor Balfour Beatty’s individual project update newsletters by emailing  BarkhamBridge@balfourbeatty.com

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