Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Local councils to study effect of third bridge

A STUDY is to be carried out into congestion in and around Henley to see if a third bridge over the Thames at Reading is needed.

The move was agreed at a summit meeting of local councils in Westminster on Monday. The meeting was hosted by Henley MP John Howell and Reading East MP Rob Wilson and attended by Home Secretary and Maidenhead MP Theresa May.

It is the second meeting called to discuss traffic problems caused by the closure of Sonning Bridge for six weeks earlier this year due to flooding and the closure of Whitchurch toll bridge for refurbishment.

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

Mr Howell said: “We need to know what the issues and challenges are which will form the basis of what the potential solutions are — a third bridge being one of them but it is not the only one or the preferred one. The study is being based on some modelling which Wokingham started to do and should take three weeks to complete.”

Playhatch Road will be closed during the day on Saturday and Sunday while Oxfordshire County Council carries out exploratory repair work.

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