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Flood-damaged Reigate bridge in line for £800,000 replacement works
A series of road bridges across Surrey, including Flanchford Road Bridge near Reigate, are in the county council's sights for repairs in the coming months.
The bridge is one of 39 river crossings being fixed as Surrey County Council continues to tackle the severe highway damage caused by last winter’s devastating floods.
The repairs schedule also includes the 13th century Tilford Bridge, which was built by medieval monks, and Sir Edwin Lutyens’ Hampton Court Bridge, the crossing created by one of Britain’s great architects.
The repairs in the coming months are part of a £23 million flood action plan.
Tilford Bridge and Hampton Court Bridge will get structural repairs as part of the multi-million pound revamp to the 39 river crossings damaged after the Rivers Wey, Mole and the Thames flooded. The county council has said that at least £800,000 will be spent on replacing Flanchford Road Bridge.
Last week, the county council’s chairman, David Munro, officially reopened Guildford and Onslow bridges - the first bridge repairs to be completed since the flooding.
John Furey, Surrey County Council’s cabinet member for flooding recovery, said: “We’re doing all we can to get Surrey back to its best after flooding hammered our county.
“That's why re-opening these bridges is an important milestone as we continue our £23 million urgent flood damage repairs.”
Gordon Jackson, Guildford Borough Council’s lead councillor for economic development, said: “These bridges are of great historical importance and the works have restored them both to their former glory, ensuring their future for years to come.”
“This is the first of a number of projects we, working with our partners, are going to deliver to make sure our town access is maintained and our historic areas preserved for future generations.”
As well as designing the 1930 version of Hampton Court Bridge, Sir Edwin Lutyens is best-known for creating landmarks like the India Gate in Delhi, Lindisfarne Castle and the Somme war memorial.
Tilford Packhorse Bridge, one of two at that spot across the River Wey, was built by Cistercians from nearby Waverley Abbey.