RESIDENTS of Sonning would welcome another alternative to their village bridge, which is more than 200 years old and single lane.
Villager Tony Drogemuller says: “Between 18,000 and 20,000 cars a day use the bridge, which creates pollution, wastes energy and blocks local traffic.”
Doug Stewart, another resident, adds: “There is not enough capacity to cross the Thames and Sonning is too much of a bottleneck.”
Sonning Parish Council chairman Pat Doyle points out that the bridge was designated as “weak” only a year ago. He said: “It’s crazy that a thing built in the late 1700s should have to cope with all that traffic. The infrastructure is so enormous that reliance on that little bridge is risky.
“If the slightest thing goes wrong, like a crash on the M4 or some floods, the whole area just stops. Something needs to be done. You don’t want to scare the big companies away from the area. If you work out the lost man hours in the last two weeks it must be huge.