27/10/2012 11:39 BST | Updated 27/10/2012 11:39 BST

Walton Bridge: First New Major River Thames Road Crossing For 20 Years Is Taking Shape

The first major new road bridge to be constructed over the River Thames for more than 20 years is rapidly taking shape, council officials have said.

The £32 million Walton Bridge, linking Walton-on-Thames and Shepperton in Surrey, will replace two long-serving temporary bridges nearby when it is completed next summer.

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The bridge should boost the surrounding economy

Construction started 10 months ago and when it is finished the bridge will boost access to schools, major employers and shopping centres, Surrey County Council said.

Transport Minister Norman Baker has praised the project, led by engineering and construction group Costain, as an important scheme that will improve economic growth.