Reading, Caversham and Emmer Green people need a third bridge
I presented a petition to Oxfordshire County Council calling on them to support plans for a third road bridge over the Thames to ease traffic congestion in Reading, Caversham and Emmer Green, Woodley and Earley and neighbouring parts of Berkshire and South Oxfordshire.
It was interesting to talk to councillors and also to see their response when I spoke about local traffic problems and I do hope that views may be changing on this issue.
Our petition, which was signed by over 300 people from Caversham, Emmer Green, Reading and Woodley and Earley calls for the following:
"We the undersigned need a Third Reading Bridge to reduce the chronic delays caused by floods closing Sonning Bridge, which have blighted Caversham, Emmer Green, reading and the surrounding area, including Woodley and Earley, South Oxfordshire and other parts of Berkshire. This flood-proof bridge to the east of Reading would be used mainly for local traffic and would not be part of a new motorway to the M40.
We call on Oxfordshire County Council, South Oxfordshire District Council and the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership to recognise the benefits to their communities of a Third Bridge, and to work with Reading and Wokingham Councils and the Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership on drawing up agreed plans and a timetable which would then be the basis of bids for any available Government Funds." (The picture shows me outside Shire Hall in Oxford).