Drivers on A339 face further delays until Sunday night
Temporary three-way traffic lights to remain for four more days
DRIVERS on the A339 between Newbury and Basingstoke face four more days of delays, due to ongoing repairs, following a burst main on Friday (Oct 2).
Thames Water today (Wed) confirmed the repair work, situated at the Thornford Road junction/roundabout, would not be complete until at least Sunday night.
The road is now expected to be clear of the temporary, three-way traffic lights by Monday morning, when the A339 will reopen, according to the utility company.
Thames Water issued the following statement today (Wed):
"We're working around the clock to repair the stretch of the A339 at Bishop's Green affected by a burst pipe at the weekend, but it is proving to be a more complicated job than we first thought.
We've agreed with West Berkshire Council to keep the temporary traffic lights in place until Sunday night while the essential work goes on and the road will reopen fully in time for Monday morning.
We understand the frustration for commuters and are very sorry for any inconvenience this is causing."
Traffic has this week been reported queuing from the Swan roundabout, to the Thornford Road roundabout, with delays of around 30 minutes, at peak times.
Drivers were advised to seek an alternative route.
For more on this story pick up a copy of the Newbury Weekly News tomorrow/Thursday.