Flooded Sonning Bridge Thames crossing to reopen

Flooding in Sonning Flooding led to the closure of Sonning Bridge which has caused long traffic delays in the area

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Sonning Bridge, which crosses the River Thames near Caversham, is to partially reopen after flooding forced its closure for nearly two weeks.

Oxfordshire County Council said the commuter route, linking Berkshire and Oxfordshire, will not open fully because the road has been damaged.

The route is expected be open by Monday morning but traffic lights will be in place while the damage is repaired.

More than 1,000 people have signed a petition for a third bridge in Reading.

Support for the new crossing has been growing after the closure caused long delays at Henley and Reading.

Oxfordshire's transport councillor David Nimmo-Smith said council officers would be setting up temporary traffic lights and assessing the damage on the northern end of the bridge over the weekend.

The authority is also looking at ways to alleviate flooding in the area to prevent the bridge being closed again.

The bridge closed on 6 January.

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