Transport links into Portsmouth have been boosted thanks to a new £12.6 million Northern Road Bridge which was officially opened by Transport Minister Baroness Kramer today.
The bridge on the A397 will help slash congestion into and out of the city and ensure the route can be freely used by buses.
It replaces the previous structure built in 1927, which had been restricted to one lane of traffic for safety reasons.
On her visit to the city the minister also officially opened the Tipner Park & Ride Interchange.
The new facility plays a vital role in kick starting regeneration as well reducing congestion, with 6 buses running between the park and ride and city centre every hour.
The total cost of the new bridge is £12.62 million with a Department for Transport contribution of £11.09 million.
I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the successful construction of the new Northern Bridge, which will boost access to Portsmouth as well as to the local shops, the hospital and police station at Cosham. We know the importance of strong transport links to local communities and businesses. That is why we have provided £11 million for this important scheme.”
A meeting is being held later about a third bridge over the River Thames. The MP for Reading East Rob Wilson, says for too long there's been "too great a reliance put on Sonning's one lane bridge" - which has been closed recently due to flooding and repairs.
Rob said "For decades there have been calls for a third river crossing but to date no agreement has been reached. I hope that by bringing together representatives from all three authorities we will start the process of actually listening to what local people on both sides of the border want.
The massive congestion and delays suffered by motorists and residents as a result of Sonning Bridge's recent closure has not been limited to my constituents in Caversham, Reading and Woodley, but also to John Howell MP's constituents in the Henley and Sonning Eye area.**
The meeting will be in the sports hall at Highdown School & Sixth Form Centre which is on Surley Row, Emmer Green, RG4 8LR
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A lorry has hit a railway bridge in the New Forest. Police say the accident happened around nine o'clock this morning on the A337 near Lymington. No one's been injured and train services weren't disrupted.