The old bridge will be removed on 1 December. The towpath is currently open to the public but access to the route will be temporarily closed from 29 November to 2 December, while we prepare the new bridge to be used for the first time. During this period, the public can enter the town via Walnut Tree Close and Bridge Street.

Phase 1 of the New Walnut Bridge route into our town centre will be completed on 3 December.

Lead Councillor for Major Projects, Cllr John Rigg said: “While this is a major milestone in the project there is still much to do. The new bridge will be in but work on a ramp to make it accessible will come next. The route through Bedford Wharf Plaza will be a protected walkway through a building site while we prepare the area and then start work on landscaping.

“Once completed in 2022, the route using the new bridge will be a much safer and pleasant route from the station to our town centre.”

The River Wey will also be closed on 1 December between Dapdune Wharf and Millmead Lock to allow the work to be completed. Please look out for signage in the area if you are using the River Wey and follow instructions of site staff.

We will begin work on the new steps and ramp in December.