Wokingham’s Grade II bridge to open this summer, says Network Rail

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HISTORIC REPAIRS: Steps at Wokingham Station collapsed in January last year. Picture: Phil Creighton

WOKINGHAM residents are being urged to be patient as work on the railway bridge is ongoing despite nothing happening for months.

Network Rail said it hopes to have the bridge open by the end of summer. 

Last month, public consultation ended on some of the planning conditions for the bridge.

This included details of proposed repairs and replacements of the metal elements of the footbridge and the mortar mix to be used in re-pointing the brickwork, said Peter Must, from The Wokingham Society.

wokingham station footbridge repairs steps
Picture: Phil Creighton

“Network Rail has not been able to proceed with its work meanwhile,” he said. “As I understand it, the steps and deck cannot be installed until final repairs to the metalwork have been completed.”

Mr Must said The Wokingham Society supported the most recent application and was the only respondent during the consultation period.

A spokesperson for Network Rail said the new hardwood deck, treads and minor strengthening works needed extra permission from the council.

“We are waiting for these from the local planning authority,” they said. “We plan to have the works completed for the benefit of passengers and to ensure the longevity of this bridge by the end of the summer.”

READ MORE: Why the footbridge at Wokingham Station is covered over

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