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Work on new A339 access road begins

Demolition of buildings on London Road Industrial Estate underway

Chris Ord

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Chris Ord

Work on new A339 access road begins

DEMOLITION work to clear land for a new junction on the A339 in Newbury has begun.

Work to remove buildings in Fleming Road is now under way, ahead of construction of the new access road linking the busy dual carriageway with the neighbouring London Road Industrial Estate.

The signal-controlled junction, south of the Robin Hood Roundabout, will see a new crossing for pedestrians and cyclists that will link directly with a new, additional, entrance to Victoria Park.

West Berkshire Council has said the new junction will improve traffic flow along the A339 by reducing the number of vehicles using the Robin Hood Roundabout.

In January, West Berkshire Council had signalled its intent to use compulsory purchase powers to obtain the land in Fleming Road needed for the new access.

However, a deal is believed to have been struck with landowner Faraday Development Ltd in May, meaning that a compulsory purchase order was not ultimately required. Work to widen the A339 has been ongoing since February with the council now preparing to finish the road construction, footpaths and crossing places adjacent to Victoria Park.

The project forms part of a wider regeneration scheme for the London Road Industrial Estate, including plans for 300 to 400 new homes, a food store and a range of new office and business accommodation.

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