Troubled bridge over water replaced

Environment Agency spends £340,000 on footbridge at Abingdon

Fans of the Thames Path will now be able to walk the section near Folly Bridge at Abingdon Road, Oxford after the completion of a new bridge over one of the royal river’s backwaters.

The new bridge replaces a rusting span that was built back in 1942.

After an Environment Agency (EA) inspection in 2004, the decision was made to replace the original bridge at a cost of £340,000.

Don Vickers, regional recreation manager for the EA, said: “We never like to shut stretches of the Thames Path, even for short periods of time, but it is almost inevitable when major works need to be carried out. We are therefore very grateful to the residents in the area for their patience and understanding during the time this essential work was carried out.

“£340,000 may seem like a lot to spend on a footbridge, but we feel that it is money well spent to ensure this vital link in the Thames Path National Trail is maintained.”