DATA on traffic and travel across the whole of South Oxfordshire has been collected in a study of the impact of a third bridge over the River Thames
DATA on traffic and travel across the whole of South Oxfordshire has been collected in a study of the impact of a third bridge over the River Thames.
The Third Thames Crossing Appraisal Specification Report, published by Reading East MP Rob Wilson on Saturday, features evidence on vehicle movements and mobile phone signals to map journeys across the region.
This will be used to work out the effect of the new bridge in different proposed sites.
If built, the bridge would most likely go from the Thames Valley Business Park, off the end of the A329M, over the river and Caversham Lakes to the A4155 Caversham Park Road, near Playhatch.
It would cost anything between £100 million and £200 million.
Mr Wilson said: “At this stage we are simply seeking the information to establish the likely impact of a third Thames bridge on potential flows and redistribution of traffic.
“We have not yet reached the point where a decision is to be taken on a final location for a bridge, nor on its specific features.”
Last month, Henley MP John Howell said that no commitment has been made to a new bridge into South Oxfordshire.
He said the focus of the work should be determined by the evidence rather than “wishful thinking”.
“There’s no commitment to a four-lane bridge into South Oxfordshire,” he said.
“The key thing is that the level of evidence needs to be collected principally across a wider area of Oxfordshire and Berkshire, so that it takes in a very big area.”
He added: “It needs to be assessed properly and then people can make a decision.”