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Plans for major revamp of Robin Hood roundabout unveiled

Planned improvements for busy Newbury roundabout include additional lanes

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Plans for major revamp of Robin Hood roundabout unveiled

PLANS for a major revamp of Newbury’s Robin Hood roundabout have been unveiled.

The proposals would involve widening the road outside the fire station to create a second lane for Thatcham instead of one.

The council is also proposing to widen the roundabout to five lanes at the end of Shaw Road and install a traffic island to separate the traffic turning left on to the A4 and straight over to the A339 towards Sainsbury’s.

Explaining the proposed changes at the Newbury Vision meeting, the council’s projects manager, Jon Winstanley, said: “At the moment, traffic coming out of Shaw Road is immediately hit by a red light.

“We can unlock that so the traffic coming from Shaw Road can carry on straight through, which significantly reduces the queuing on Shaw Road.”

The two-lane approach to the roundabout from Faraday Road would also be widened to three lanes to improve capacity.

On the Aldi side, the plan is to elongate the two-lane approach to minimise congestion.

A YouTube video showing how the proposed scheme would work, is available to view at www.youtube.com/ watch?v=AaEZpReHLAk &feature=youtu.be

No definite date has been set for the proposed works as they are dependent on funding from the north Newbury development – which will see up to 400 new homes built in Donnington.

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  • hgv1driver

    hgv1driver

    25/05/2017 - 07:07

    Don't make more new roads the council cannot maintain the old roads "POTHOLES", they keep repairing the same hole!!!!

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  • Funnybones

    18/05/2017 - 11:11

    Surely the money would be better spent on repairing road surfaces around the district. Why cause more chaos in this area after the traffic hell of last year????

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    • newsouls

      18/05/2017 - 12:12

      the money for the improvements is coming from a govenment grant and developers (ie the racecourse) specifcally to improve infrastucture. The money is legally tied up to improve that only. Sadly - i completely agree the pot holes are a nightmare

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  • newsouls

    18/05/2017 - 10:10

    Due to the growing population i can see why this is needed and also the A339. With money given by developers and a govenment grant to fund it is nice to see my council tax not going towards both lots of road works. I know the upheavel is a pain but it is for a long term gain

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  • Donxx

    18/05/2017 - 09:09

    More road works, is just what we need! We are sick of the ongoing chaos and delays caused by utility companies, unnecessary development and crazy road changes . Newbury was a nice market town but it has become a concrete jungle clone of other faceless towns. Putting almost a motorway junction in the town is another nail as is the relentless greed for housing development. We do not need constant upheaval and disruption.

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