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Contractors due to create Compasses Bridge foundations

Work to build a new bridge across the canal at one of the entrances to Dunsfold Aerodrome begins in earnest on Monday, July 20 2015.

Contractors have already carried out preparatory earthworks and formed a firm clay base from which the new bridge will be constructed.

They return to the site in Compasses Lane, Alfold on Monday, July 13 to install road safety measures. A line of barriers will be placed along either side of the concrete causeway that the bridge is replacing, to separate the aerodrome traffic and the construction workforce.

From July 20 for about 10 days, a piling rig will be on site to drill holes into the ground into which will be poured concrete to form the foundations for the new bridge. The bridge construction is expected to take about six months.

The Trust has so far raised £429,142 towards the £700,000 cost of the project and is stepping up fundraising efforts to ensure it can be completed. If you would like to donate, please contact The Treasurer via WACT Northern Office, Bridge End, Somerswey, Shalford, Guildford GU4 8EQ. Donations can also be made via www.weyandarun.co.uk.

The bridge is replacing a wartime concrete causeway which is now the only major obstacle to navigation on one-and-a-quarter miles of the canal’s Summit Level. The waterway has already been largely restored between Tickner’s Heath in Dunsfold and Fast Bridge on the A281 at Alfold.

It is expected to be officially opened in the autumn of 2016, coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the canal’s northern section being opened at the Compasses site.