Plans to turn a Berkshire town's ring road into a giant one-way system have been given the green light.
Plans to turn Reading's IDR into a one way system could yet stall
Reading Borough Council has given the go-ahead to turn its inner distribution road (IDR) into a one-way system.
Work to convert the road could begin in January 2007 but the controversial plans could yet stall.
One MP has called for a public inquiry into the council's decision while neighbouring villages have expressed concerns about the knock-on effects.
Reading East MP Rob Wilson said: "There is a desperate need for the public to get an independent inquiry into it so that all evidence is weighed up by somebody who does not have an interest."
The plans were approved by Reading Borough Council at a meeting on Monday night.
Labour councillor John Howarth said: "There is a really very limited number of objections to the traffic orders. There simply is not the case for a public inquiry."
But Wokingham District Council has expressed concerns about the impact the one-way system would have on its roads and a legal challenge could yet stall the project.