Council leader opposes Thames bridge plan over 'rat-run' fears

The Oxford Times: Ian Hudspeth Ian Hudspeth

Oxfordshire County Council leader Ian Hudspeth has said he would oppose a new bridge over the Thames near Reading.

Calls for the new bridge, linking the A329 with Caversham, were revived after flooding shut Sonning bridge earlier this month, causing traffic congestion.

Conservative councillor Mr Hudspeth said: “In principle, Oxfordshire County Council is opposed to an additional bridge across the Thames.

“The concerns are if there is a third bridge it may deliver additional traffic impact on South Oxfordshire.

“We want to make sure there would be sufficient mitigation in place so we were not making South Oxfordshire a major rat-run."

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4:34pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Bart_simpsonDoh says...

Once again there is NO such thing as a rat run. If it is legal to drive on a particular road then there is nothing wrong with that. If we closed all 'rat runs' then all major roads would be at gridlock, oh hold on, surely a major road is a rat run for those residents that live there?????
Once again there is NO such thing as a rat run. If it is legal to drive on a particular road then there is nothing wrong with that. If we closed all 'rat runs' then all major roads would be at gridlock, oh hold on, surely a major road is a rat run for those residents that live there????? Bart_simpsonDoh
  • Score: -48

6:48pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Gunslinger says...

A very short sighted view.

Better access without crossing the centre of Reading has obvious benefits for both Wallingford and Henley.
A very short sighted view. Better access without crossing the centre of Reading has obvious benefits for both Wallingford and Henley. Gunslinger
  • Score: 8

7:23pm Mon 27 Jan 14

abingdonguy says...

Wow another surprise from mr Buspass the motorists friend.
We could do with another bridge around Abingdon too. But I think we have two chances. Some chance and no chance. Esp with this guy at the helm of the sinking ship.
Wow another surprise from mr Buspass the motorists friend. We could do with another bridge around Abingdon too. But I think we have two chances. Some chance and no chance. Esp with this guy at the helm of the sinking ship. abingdonguy
  • Score: 6

8:14pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

"Oxfordshire Councillor opposes improvements to infrastructure."

What's new?
"Oxfordshire Councillor opposes improvements to infrastructure." What's new? Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 6

11:10pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

Why doesn't Baldy Man ask the people who he works for , us, if we want another bridge instead of taking it upon himself to make decisions that could affect us all. Typical jumped up public 'servant'.
Why doesn't Baldy Man ask the people who he works for , us, if we want another bridge instead of taking it upon himself to make decisions that could affect us all. Typical jumped up public 'servant'. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: 4

12:47pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Adrian1 says...

A third bridge will introduce more traffic overall, but will relieve some congestion and be an alternative route when the others flood out again next year. A very backward view from our elected man, wonder if it's his own or if he got it off the back of a cornflake packet. Isn't it nice to know we've got a whole bunch of Nero's about, (a lot of development round here sees,... no extra infrastructure, no listening to common sense) still it's a democracy and it's within the power of those who chose to not chose him again. Use your vote.
A third bridge will introduce more traffic overall, but will relieve some congestion and be an alternative route when the others flood out again next year. A very backward view from our elected man, wonder if it's his own or if he got it off the back of a cornflake packet. Isn't it nice to know we've got a whole bunch of Nero's about, (a lot of development round here sees,... no extra infrastructure, no listening to common sense) still it's a democracy and it's within the power of those who chose to not chose him again. Use your vote. Adrian1
  • Score: 5

2:09pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Sid Hunt says...

Adrian1 wrote:
A third bridge will introduce more traffic overall, but will relieve some congestion and be an alternative route when the others flood out again next year. A very backward view from our elected man, wonder if it's his own or if he got it off the back of a cornflake packet. Isn't it nice to know we've got a whole bunch of Nero's about, (a lot of development round here sees,... no extra infrastructure, no listening to common sense) still it's a democracy and it's within the power of those who chose to not chose him again. Use your vote.
Quite agree but was he elected by the populous? I seem to remember that he was made leader of the council but wasn't and isn't currently an elected councillor.
[quote][p][bold]Adrian1[/bold] wrote: A third bridge will introduce more traffic overall, but will relieve some congestion and be an alternative route when the others flood out again next year. A very backward view from our elected man, wonder if it's his own or if he got it off the back of a cornflake packet. Isn't it nice to know we've got a whole bunch of Nero's about, (a lot of development round here sees,... no extra infrastructure, no listening to common sense) still it's a democracy and it's within the power of those who chose to not chose him again. Use your vote.[/p][/quote]Quite agree but was he elected by the populous? I seem to remember that he was made leader of the council but wasn't and isn't currently an elected councillor. Sid Hunt
  • Score: 1

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