IWA Guildford & Reading Branch Bedser Bridge Campaign

bedser120pxIssue date: 12th December 2011

During October 2011, Woking Borough Council held a consultation on plans for a replacement pedestrian footbridge over the Basingstoke Canal.

IWA Guildford & Reading Branch and local residents raised concerns relating to the height of the proposed bridge, its appearance, and accessibility issues caused by the length of the ramps and the number of steps.

bedser2_120px259 representations were received. 535 signatories were collected via an e-petition facility and a petition organised by local residents gained over 1,340 signatures.

Due to pressure from the branch and local residents, the design of a new bridge across the canal from Brewery Road to the town centre has now been radically changed.

The new design is 1.2m (4ft) lower with a much shorter ramp and fewer steps. Instead of a concrete and galvanised steel structure, the new design features a timber bridge with a view to being sympathetic to its surrounding area.

The bridge was named after the Bedser twins who played cricket for Surrey and England in the 1950’s, and came from Woking.

Development is due to commence in early 2012.

For more information please see the Woking Borough Council website

Download the leaflet with 3D architectural drawings and site plans

(Artist impressions copyright Woking Borough Council)