Friday, 15 December 2017

Raising bridge road could solve flood misery

THE road between Sonning and Playhatch could be raised to protect it from flooding in future.

Henley’s county councillor David Nimmo Smith has suggested elevating a section of the B478 so it does not have to close when the Thames bursts its banks.

The road is prone to severe flooding and has been shut for almost four weeks. It was also closed for two weeks in January. Although the water is now receding, it has eroded the ground beneath the tarmac and the road is starting to collapse.

Oxfordshire County Council, the highways authority, says the road is unsafe and the water must level drop further before the damage can be assessed.

In the meantime, rubbish collections have been delayed or cancelled and businesses in Sonning say they are losing money. Because of the 7.5-tonne weight limit on Sonning Bridge larger vehicles such as refuse trucks cannot get into the village from the other direction.

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