Theresa backs call for new Thames bridge
- Jan 31, 2014
Theresa May has renewed her support for a new Thames bridge in the Sonning area, following recent travel chaos caused by flooding and the closure of Sonning Bridge. Theresa has long supported the idea of a new Thames crossing in order to relieve pressure on Sonning Bridge and to improve local links with Reading and Henley. Theresa has previously called on local councils to support the plan, and has welcomed the renewed focus on this issue following the recent flooding in the local area.
The closure of Sonning Bridge caused considerable problems for local residents following the recent flooding, but this only exacerbated existing congestion problems caused by the reliance on Sonning Bridge. Theresa has welcomed an upcoming ‘summit meeting’ involving Reading Borough Council, Wokingham Borough Council, South Oxfordshire District Council, Oxfordshire County Council, and local MPs Rob Wilson and John Howell.
Commenting, Theresa 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.”