Berkshire

Reading MP Rob Wilson calls for halt to roadworks

Inner Distribution Road Image copyright Linda Dubesky
Image caption Drivers have faced delays on the Inner Distribution Road

A Berkshire MP is calling for roadworks in Reading to be suspended after drivers faced weeks of traffic jams.

Reading East MP Rob Wilson made the comments after residents faced severe delays on the Inner Distribution Road, Reading Bridge and the Playhatch Road.

He said better planning by the council would have cut the amount of congestion.

However, Reading Borough Council's deputy leader Tony Page said the MP was talking "absolute nonsense".

Drivers across the town have reported increased journey times of up to an hour as a result of the roadworks.

'Lack of co-ordination'

Mr Wilson said: "There are too many things happening at once.

"There's not enough working overnight or at weekends, or making sure at rush hour that extra measures are taken to make ease traffic flows.

"So there is a real lack of co-ordination and thought that seems to be going into the traffic works in and around Reading."

But Mr Page said some of the repairs had been emergency work by utility companies.

He said: "The sequencing of these works is something that we take into careful consideration but of course we cannot anticipate, by its very nature, emergency works."

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