Basingstoke Canal footbridge and towpath closures

11 April 2012

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From Monday 23 April 2012, the pedestrian footbridge over the Basingstoke Canal in Woking Town Centre and a small section of the canal towpath will be closed and short diversions put in place until early 2013.

Pedestrians and cyclists wishing to access the town centre and The Lightbox are advised to follow the diversion signage in place around the construction site and nearby pedestrian crossings.

The Lightbox will be open as normal, including the main front entrance, which visitors can access via the Victoria Way pedestrian crossing next to the Civic Offices.

Diversions from the Basingstoke Canal towpath to Woking Town Centre will be as follows:

  • When approaching the construction site (surrounded by yellow hoardings), pedestrians and cyclists travelling from Knaphill and St Johns along the Basingstoke Canal Towpath should leave the towpath just before the hoardings by turning left into a private road, marked by a blue fingerpost, towards Brewery Road.

  • When travelling from Sheerwater and Maybury along the Basingstoke Canal Towpath, pedestrians and cyclists should leave the towpath as normal at the canal exit leading on to Chobham Road.

  • Pedestrians and cyclists wishing to rejoin the canal towpath (towards St Johns and Knaphill) should turn right at the Chobham Road exit towards the mini roundabout and junction with Brewery Road, and follow the diversions along Brewery Road.

Speaking about the closures, Douglas Spinks, Deputy Chief Executive at Woking Borough Council, said: "The closures are required to start the construction works for the new Bedser Bridge, which is required because the existing footbridge has reached the end of its life and it does not meet current Equality Act and British Standard requirements.

"We have been working closely with the appointed contractor, Willmott Dixon, and WWF-UK to coordinate the works and map out suitable diversions. We are keen to minimise disruption for both residents and visitors to the town and would like to apologise for any inconvenience as a result of these works."

The new pedestrian bridge, to be named Bedser Bridge in recognition of local Horsell cricketing heroes, Eric and Sir Alec Bedser, will allow access to and from Woking Town Centre, Brewery Road Car Park and WWF-UK's new Living Planet Centre.