Skip to main content

Improvement schemes and projects

9. Highways England A404 Volvo footbridge works

A404 Marlow weekend closures for footbridge works - August/ October 2018.

Highways England will be carrying out essential maintenance to the footbridge which crosses over the A404 near Marlow.

This maintenance will require removing the bridge for up to six weeks under two non-consecutive weekend road closures. While these are not Buckinghamshire County Council's works, the closures and diversions will impact on our road network. Highways England is working closely with us to minimise the works' impact and ensure that our residents are kept well informed.

Highways England apologises in advance for any inconvenience or disruption caused during the work. If you have any questions please contact them on 0300 123 5000 or email


What are the works?

The bridge requires work to the staircases and repainting. It is not possible to do the work at the site, and so the footbridge will have to be removed to a nearby location for approximately ten weeks.

This will require a full weekend road closure for the removal of the bridge in August, and then again for its reinstatement in October.


Road closure details

The northbound and southbound carriageways of the A404, between the junction with the A4155 just outside Marlow and the Bisham Roundabout, will be closed and a diversion in place.

UPDATED: Parkway will now remain open over the weekend period, however Highways England will need to close it for periods of up-to 15 minutes on Saturday whilst the crane is lifting the bridge and staircases.  These closures will be controlled by Stop/Go boards. 

The two closures are scheduled from:

  • 9 pm on Friday 31 August to 5 am on Monday 3 September 2018

*Please note that should works not be possible that weekend, the contingency weekend is 21 to 24 September 2018

  • 9 pm on Friday 12 October to 5 am on Monday 15 October 2018

*Please note that should works not be possible that weekend, the contingency weekend is from 26 to 29 October 2018

Please be aware that these closures have been carefully programmed but are subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances – please check the yellow signs placed in advance at the junction for confirmation of the closures dates/timings. Please do not attempt to walk onto the A404 during these closures to see the bridge being removed.



Local traffic will be diverted via Henley-on-Thames (A4130 and A4155). Traffic on the M4 intending to reach the M40 (and vice-versa) will be diverted via the M4, M25 and M40

Delays are expected during these weekend closures, and Highways England advises that you plan ahead of your journey to allow extra time or avoid this route where possible.

View the diversion route map

UPDATED: Highways England will be providing gatemen to man Marlow Bridge, which is not on the diversion and has weight limit of 3T, for the duration of the A404 closure to avoid misuse of the bridge by overweight vehicles attempting to cut through. 


Pedestrian footbridge diversion

An alternative route for pedestrians who would normally use the bridge to get between Marlow and Westhorpe Park will be provided between August and October 2018. The route is shown below in red and should take approximately 15 minutes.

Print entire guide

Last updated: 9 October 2018

Was this page helpful?

1 star
Very poor
3 stars
Neither good nor poor
5 stars
Very good
Live Chat Software by Click4Assistance UK