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Sonning Bridge open for first AM rush hour in weeks

Access to Sonning Bridge has reopened to traffic

The Sonning Bridge crossing over the River Thames near Reading has reopened for its first morning rush hour in more than 6 weeks. It was shut because of flooding on neighbouring approach roads.

The B478 Playhatch Road accessing Sonning Bridge shut down on 2nd February. Now the road has reopened with temporary traffic lights in place. The Grade 2 listed Sonning Bridge was built in 1774.


Commuters celebrate as Sonning Bridge will open soon

Video. Thousands of drivers and scores of businesses in the Thames Valley are celebrating tonight because a main commuter route is opening after weeks of flooding. The B478 Playhatch Road accessing Sonning Bridge shut down on 2nd February. The Grade 2 listed bridge was built in 1774.

It is an essential crossing on the busy commuter route between Berkshire and Oxfordshire and carries an estimated 16,000 commuters a day. The closure caused mass congestion as drivers were forced to use three other bridges in the area- Reading Bridge, Caversham Bridge and the bridge at Henley.

It was feared the road and bridge would remain closed unless the government found £1 million needed to fix it. But the floods have receded and engineers say it is safe to re-open the bridge to the single-lane traffic.

Mike Pearse spoke to Robin Islam, a restaurant manager, Michael Emmanuel, manager of The French Horn, Nick Collins, a plumber and Councillor David Nimmo-Smith from Oxfordshire County Council.

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