New bridge over Thames planned

The first new road crossing over the River Thames in 20 years is a step closer.

A compulsory purchase order for a new bridge over the river in Surrey has been approved by the Government.

Following a two-day public inquiry last summer, transport secretary Lord Adonis gave plans the go-ahead. The CPO was made to acquire the land for the bridge by Lord Adonis who also made two orders to allow for the bridge's construction.

The final major step is for the Government to confirm funding of more than £30 million.

Surrey County Council hopes preparation work for the scheme can start in early 2010, with construction finishing in the summer of 2013.

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