Reading Festival Bridge

The Reading Festival Bridge is a footbridge over the River Thames at Reading in the English county of Berkshire. The bridge links the site of the Reading Festival, on the south bank of the river, with camp sites and car parking on the north bank. The bridge is within the security perimeter of the festival, and is only available for use by festival goers.cite web | title = Reading festival bridge to open | url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/berkshire/7566550.stm | publisher = BBC | date = 2008-08-17 | accessdate = 2008-08-18 ]

The bridge structure is a temporary construction, erected on permanent footings, and was first erected to serve visitors to the Reading Festival in 2008 at an initial cost of £1 million. The intention is that the bridge will be dismantled and stored for most of the year, being re-erected for future festivals. It replaces a ferry service operated in previous years, which caused complaints over excessive queues.cite web | title = Reading festival bridge to open | url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/berkshire/7566550.stm | publisher = BBC | date = 2008-08-17 | accessdate = 2008-08-18 ] cite web | title = New bridge for music festival fans | url = http://ukpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5iazU06iGbj4qL3meWXJrJeUN2jwQ | publisher = Associated Press | accessdate = 2008-08-18 ]

The bridge crosses the river from the western end of the main festival site, some convert|200|m|abbr=on east of "Scours Lane" and within the Borough of Reading. The northern end of the bridge lies in the Oxfordshire civil parish of Mapledurham, on land leased from the Mapledurham Estate. Like the main festival site, the northern camp site and car park is used as farmland for most of the year.

See also

*Crossings of the River Thames

References


River bridge line|downstream=Caversham Bridge (road)
upstream=Whitchurch Bridge (road; toll)
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