Saturday, 25 November 2017

£250,000 study on third Thames bridge

A FEASIBILITY study is to be carried out into a third Thames crossing in Reading.

A FEASIBILITY study is to be carried out into a third Thames crossing in Reading.

A total of £250,000 has been pledged towards the cost of the study, including about £20,000 each from Oxfordshire County Council, South Oxfordshire District Council and Reading Borough Council.

Wokingham Borough Council, which will lead the study, is providing most of the remaining sum with any additional funding provided by the area Local Enterprise Partnerships.

The study, which is expected to take place this year, will cover a wide area of South Oxfordshire and Berkshire as far as the M3 and M25 motorways, a bigger catchment than that used in a preliminary survey carried out last year.

The findings of that study suggested a bridge east of Reading could solve traffic problems in Henley.



But Henley town and county councillor David Nimmo Smith said the results were “inconclusive” and called for a more thorough investigation.

A new bridge, which would cost up to £100 million, is backed by Reading, Wokingham and Windsor and Maidenhead councils.

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