Friday, 18 August 2017

Councils still divided over third Thames bridge idea

COUNCILS have agreed to share their traffic data in a bid to decide whether there is a need for a third bridge over the Thames in Reading.

The agreement was made at a summit in Westminster on Monday co-hosted by Henley MP John Howell and Reading East MP Rob Wilson and attended by representatives of a number of councils.

The meeting was prompted by the recent traffic problems caused by the closure of Sonning Bridge due to flooding and the closure of Whitchurch toll bridge for refurbishment.

Each council representative had five minutes to present their views before there was a general discussion.

Reading, Wokingham and Windsor and Maidenhead borough councils are in favour of a new £100 million crossing while Oxfordshire County Council and South Oxfordshire District Council are concerned about are concerned about the extra traffic it would create north of the river.

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