The first new road bridge over the Thames for 20 years is taking shape.

The first spectacular arches of the bridge between Walton-on-Thames and Shepperton have been put in place.

Construction has been under way for the past year and is due to be completed in the summer.

Last year Local Transport Minister Norman Baker described the new crossing, as an “important scheme” that would “aid economic growth”.

Ian Lake, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said at the time: “This is another major step towards our goal of improving journeys and boosting growth.

“Good transport links are vital to Surrey’s economic growth so by investing in projects like Walton Bridge we are investing in the county’s future prosperity.

“Surrey’s roads carry nearly twice the national average traffic flow and this crossing will make a real difference to local residents, commuters and businesses as well as becoming an important new landmark on the river.”

The new bridge is being built by Costain. Around 34,000 vehicles use the current road bridge on weekdays.

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