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London 2012: Permanent Thames bridge considered

Dorney Lake
Image caption Dorney Lake is the venue for the rowing and kayak events at the Olympics

A new bridge over the River Thames at Windsor could be part of the 2012 Olympic legacy.

A temporary bridge will be erected for the Olympic rowing events on the lake, but Windsor and Maidenhead council is now investigating building a permanent structure later.

The council said a footbridge at Sutherland Grange would give children easier access to Dorney Lake.

Councillor Phil Bicknell said it could cost "anything between £4m and £8m".

He said: "Money is going to be the issue. We are hoping it could come from a number of sources."

A temporary bridge is being erected in time to give spectators access to the Olympic venue. Any permanent bridge would be built after the Games.

An Olympic Delivery Authority spokesperson said: "Due to a number of constraints, including the consent of the landowners, the limited amount of suitable locations, the vastly differing widths required for a temporary or permanent bridge, and the prohibitive costs involved,... it was not possible to achieve a permanent bridge ahead of 2012."

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