Portmore Park & District Residents Association - ARCHIVE

A voluntary association of Weybridge residents

Portmore Pillars - Designed by William Talman circa 1700 for the first Earl of Portmore


Our Walton Bridge Closing Address

PP&DRA Walton Bridge evidence

Public Inquiry date and arrangements

Inspired by a motorway bridge?

More from Philip Hammond MP

Public Inquiry announced

Our letter to the Secretary of State

SCC serves Statutory Orders

Letter from Philip Hammond MP

SCC grants itself planning permission

Three minutes on Walton Bridge

Issues with the junction

View CABE response

View Councillor Lake's response 

View our letter to Cllr Lake & SCC

View campaign website 

The Surrey County Council Case

Contact the planners


New Walton Bridge Plans - 2004

Surrey County Council has granted itself planning permission for a new permanent Walton Bridge, new viaduct and new junction at Cowey Sale.  The plan (below) shows what is proposed. 

The proposed tied arch bridge is big -- 23.5 metres (77 feet) high, and twice as wide as the current bridge -- and linked to a substantial new viaduct over Cowey Sale. The proposed new junction layout is very big, with high embankments (6.2 metres, compared with 3.8 metres of the current single embankment). The southern slip road would occupy much of the current car park to the south of the bridge, plus a fair bit of floodplain. The proposed new northern slip road would be built in a Site of Nature Conservation Importance. A stretch of riverside on either side of the bridge would be taken over by new roadway. In the words of the planning application, the landscape would be "dramatically and irreversibly changed" (Vol 1, Section 12.4.4).

Proposed new junction layout at Walton Bridge, with slip roads on high new embankments, leading into Walton Lane 
Click here to view Surrey County Council news of the plans, including an artist's impression of the bridge (which somehow shows no junction embankments and no viaduct...  and does the artist make the bridge look a bit small for a structure three times the height of most houses?)
Click here to read some residents' views
on the 'clover leaf' junction.

What do the Borough Councils think of the plans?

Before Surrey County Council gave itself planning permission to proceed with the new bridge, new viaduct and junction, it had to get the views of Spelthorne and Elmbridge Borough Councils, via a 'Regulation 3' consultative Planning Application.  The plans were forwarded to those councils on 8 January 2004.  What was the result?

  • Elmbridge Borough Council opposed the design of the bridge and junction
  • Spelthorne Borough Council opposed the clover leaf junction design

Here are the Elmbridge BC reference details for the application:-

Application No: 


Application Type: 

Surrey County Council Regulation 3 


Walton Bridge Walton Lane Walton-on-Thames 


Consultation under Regulation 3 from Surrey County Council: Construction of a new tied arch bridge and approach viaduct over the River Thames and floodplain with new link roads to Walton Lane, Walton and associated landscape, ecological and flood storage mitigation works; replacement car park, public toilets and refurbishment facilities at Cowey Sale; change of use of 4.1 hectares of land from agriculture to public open space, common land and village green 


SCC Sustainable Development 


SCC Sustainable Development, Chris Northwood, County Hall, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2DY         Telephone  020 8541 9438 

EBC Case Officer:

David Cliff      Telephone  01372 474812 

Sub Committee Area:



Neighbouring Authority 

Decision Level: 

Officer Delegation

Residents can inspect the plans at the Elmbridge Borough Council Planning offices in the Civic Centre, High Street, ESHER, Surrey KT10 9SD.

We encourage any resident who has concerns about the plans to contact us, and also to write to Chris Northwood, Surrey County Council Sustainable Development, County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2DY.  


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