The County Council image of the old and new bridges together offers an interesting comparison. The new bridge is now open and our (reduced) article below out of date, left as a reminder.
The work was long overdue and useful for the area, with two "temporary" bridges having been in place for many years and not coping with up to 35,000 vehicles a day. Those living in, or moving to Walton and wider Surrey will benefit.
Some concerns remained after opening and related jams in Walton itself. Gradual completion of ancillary roadworks and a few changes of plan seem to have improved this.