A VITAL road in Newbury closes for three months as of today (Monday).
The closure of Boundary Road, located yards away from Newbury Racecourse, coincides with one of the venue’s busiest periods, which includes the Party in the Paddock and the Dubai International Arabian Raceday in July and Ladies Day in August.
Network Rail said it needed to shut the road to divert utility services ahead of the railway bridge being replaced.
The bridge will close again at a later date, for a time which has not yet been determined, to allow for the replacement of the bridge ahead of electrification.
A signed diversion is in place for vehicles during the three-month period.
Access to Railway Road and properties immediately adjacent to the bridge will be maintained, however there will be occasions when access to house frontages to the south of the bridge will be affected for a few days.
At the end of the three months the bridge will be reopened to vehicles and pedestrians until Network Rail is ready to demolish and renew the bridge. A further letter will then be issued advising of the nature of these works and the expected duration.
Previously, there been confusion over which dates the bridge would be closed. Signs were put up warning motorists that the road would be closed from June 1 to October 31. However, on June 1 the bridge remained open and the signs were subsequently taken away.