Friday, 27 November 2020

Third river crossing ‘would improve journey times’

A THIRD Thames bridge in Reading would result in faster journeys for drivers in South Oxfordshire, it was claimed this week.

Tony Page, deputy leader of Reading Borough Council, said a “managed” crossing was the best option for drivers tired of congestion and delays.

He was speaking at a public meeting in Sonning Common on Monday which was called after the traffic problems caused by the closure of Sonning Bridge due to flooding earlier this year.

About 75 people attended the meeting at Sonning Common village hall, including representatives of Oxfordshire County Council and South Oxfordshire District Council which are both opposed to Reading’s wish for a new £100 million-plus bridge, and Sonning Common Parish Council.

Councillor Page said a third bridge would not lead to an extended road network but would be part of wider plans for a park and ride system for Reading.

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