Drainage work for flood-hit B478

Sonning Bridge The closure of Sonning Bridge earlier in the year caused long traffic delays

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Drainage work on a busy commuter road which is regularly closed due to flooding has begun.

Oxfordshire County Council plans to raise the B478 Playhatch Road to prevent future travel chaos around Sonning Bridge.

The authority submitted proposals to the Environment Agency last month.

The current works involve a one-way valve being fitted to the drainage system to make it more resistant to flooding.

The road, which links the county to Berkshire and which closed for about six weeks earlier this year due to flooding, carries an estimated 16,000 cars on weekdays.

When closed, it causes severe traffic delays as drivers use Reading Bridge and Caversham Bridge to cross the River Thames.

If work to raise the road is agreed, it is expected to take between 18 months and two years to complete.

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