Surrey

Molesey Weir on Surrey River Thames gets major revamp

A weir on the River Thames that was last repaired nearly 80 years ago is set for a major upgrade.

The Environment Agency said surveys had shown the steel structure of Molesey Weir B in Surrey was in poor condition and needed to be replaced.

Work to remove and replace the gates and supports will be carried out this summer and next summer, project manager David Blythin said.

Mr Blythin said the 130-year-old weir last underwent repairs in 1934.

He said work could only be carried out during the summer because all weirs had to be fully functional during winter to manage river levels during periods of higher rainfall.

He said a fish pass would be installed in the new weir to allow a greater variety of fish to pass through it.

A recently-installed eel pass will also be retained, he added.

The Environment Agency said a temporary bridge would be installed to allow residents and boat owners' access to nearby Ash Island, while work was carried out.

The weir, which is used to control river levels, lies upstream of Hampton Court Palace and was built in 1883.

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