HOME Secretary Theresa May has backed calls for a new bridge over the Thames.
She spoke out as drivers faced another week of delays caused by the closure of Sonning Bridge due to flooding.
The bridge was shut on Sunday, having only been open for a few days following a closure lasting more than two weeks after the Thames burst its banks in Sonning and elsewhere.
Mrs May, who is MP for Maidenhead, welcomed plans by Henley MP John Howell and Reading East MP Rob Wilson to hold a summit meeting between the local authorities involved in a possible third crossing in Reading.
She said: “I have long supported the idea of a new Thames bridge in this area and have previously pressed local councils to support the plan. We need a new crossing to relieve pressure on Sonning Bridge and reduce traffic congestion and I welcome any progress that can be made on this.”