Saturday, 21 October 2017

Calls for new crossing after congestion

FRESH calls have been made for a new bridge over the River Thames after the floods caused days of problems for drivers.

The closure of Sonning Bridge created a ripple effect throughout the area and caused major congestion in Henley and Caversham during the rush-hour periods.

An online petition asking Reading Borough Council to review the issue has been set up by Adele Harbor, from Caversham, and signed by more than 2,200 people in a week.

Miss Harbor, 22 a supermarket assistant, said: “Due to the recent flooding, residents of Caversham and the surrounding area are very much in support of a third bridge in Reading as the closure of Sonning, a major commuter cut-through, has been closed, leading to traffic chaos.

“When the bridge is closed it’s absolutely horrific. People have said that their journeys can increase by more than an hour and that traffic backs up all the way to Caversham Heights.

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