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'Car-mageddon' arrives three days later than expected

Delays on all major roads this morning

Dan Cooper

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10-1714B A339 traffic

'CAR-MAGEDDON' has officially arrived - three days later than expected.

Motorists were warned to expect a "year of traffic hell" when Boundary Road - one of the town's busiest through routes - closed for 12 months on Monday.

After a relatively quiet first three days, the "hell" arrived this morning, with the A4 and A339 gridlocked.

Cars were queuing on the A34 just to get on the slip road at Speen, with nose-to-tail traffic all the way from Speen to the Robin Hood roundabout.

There were also delays of 25 minutes from the Vodafone roundabout coming into Newbury on the A339.

On the other side of town, there were queues on the A339 Newtown Road, going passed St John's roundabout and stretching right back to Old Newtown Road.

Other motorists got in touch with Newburytoday to say it was taking them ten minutes just to get around the Robin Hood roundabout.

The A4 into Newbury from Thatcham was also stop-start.

We have approached West berkshire Council for a comment and will update you later.

Have you been affected this morning? Email dan.cooper@newburynews.co.uk

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  • kevin

    17/01/2016 - 13:01

    WEST BERKS COUNCIL START LISTENING TO THE PEOPLE WHO ELECT YOU OPEN THE NEW BRIDGE AT LEAST UNTIL BOUNDARY ROAD REOPENS.SORRY FOR SHOUTING BUT YOU DO NOT SEEM TO BE LISTENING.

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  • kevin

    17/01/2016 - 13:01

    Takes me 10 mins to get from Deadmans Lane along Pinchington to the A339 Before the closure of Boundary road most days just took a couple of mins.The powers that be at the council don' t give a damm they work flexi hours so just wait till the traffic dies down before setting off for work.They need to use there powers and common sense and use the new bridge before Newbury becomes a no go town.

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  • Bombey

    15/01/2016 - 09:09

    Hey guess what - a breeze driving around town this morning! Could it be that yesterday there were other factors in causing the traffic to stack up.......such as a broken town truck & a minor fender bender........on the main E-W & N-S routes through town.......

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  • ashleyM

    15/01/2016 - 08:08

    A bridge at thatcham would creat an instant free flowing "bypass" for traffic cutting through from the A4 to the A339 Basingstoke. This would remove traffic from Newbury, help residents of Thatcham and reduce pollution as well as making Thatcham safer. But West Berks have said there is no value to putting the bridge in.

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