Drivers on the A339 between Newbury and Basingstoke heaved a sigh of relief commuting to work today (Monday), after roadworks were completed and traffic lights removed on Saturday morning (Oct 10).
Motorists were left fuming after repairs following a Friday October 2 burst main, at the Thornford Road junction and associated roadworks dragged on for over a week, with three way, temporary traffic lights at the roundabout causing huge tailbacks and delays reported at up to one hour.
A Thames Water spokesman today (Monday) said:
“Our teams worked around the clock last week to repair and resurface the road as quickly as possible after we’d finished fixing the burst pipe.
“We finished relaying the surface on Friday evening before re-opening the road at 7am on Saturday morning, once the tarmac had cooled. We’re sorry for the disruption and would like to thank drivers for their patience.”
A Greenham business park worker last week lambasted West Berkshire Council and Thames Water for bungled delays after traffic ground to a halt on this section of the A339 for the second time in two months.
In August, a Greenham Business park road haulage manager also lambasted West Berkshire Council for failing to ensure the removal of temporary traffic lights on the A339 close to the business park, which also caused huge tailbacks of traffic, and for several days.
Again, this followed Thames Water repairs, with no workmen in sight.