Reading 'could get extra bridge'

Caversham bridge
Image caption Caversham Bridge is one of the three current main crossings in the Reading area

A new bridge could be built in Reading as part of the council's multi-million pound bid to get people using more green forms of transport.

Plans for the pedestrian and bicycle crossing over the River Thames is part of the council's £31.8m proposals.

There are three main routes over the Thames in the area, two in Caversham, Reading and one in Sonning, Wokingham.

If successful, the money would come from the government's £560m Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

To be successful the council needs to show it can cut CO2 output by 10%.

The bridge plans come alongside a proposed bike hire scheme and an expanded park-and-ride route.

The bridge could be installed near the town centre, though a similar government funding bid for a new Thames crossing was unsuccessful in 2009.

The results of council bids will be released in June.

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