THE first day of roadworks on the A339 is causing severe disruption for motorists today (Monday) with lane closures causing long queues on and around the Robin Hood roundabout.
With work on a new junction from the A339 onto the London Road Industrial Estate (LRIE) now underway, as well as the year-long closure of Boundary Road already in effect, getting from one end of the town to the other is proving difficult for road users.
The improvement works on the A339 began today with one lane closed in both directions while contractor Balfour Beatty constructs a temporary road lay out leading to long queues entering and exiting the Robin Hood roundabout despite the lane closure being limited to off peak hours.
As a result frustrated motorists have taken to social media to vent their anger.
Posting on Newbury Today’s Facebook page Brian Burgess said: “I am amazed nobody has posted about gridlock yet.
“Forty five minutes to get from Hambridge Road to Andover Road.
“Would have been quicker to go via Thatcham and Bury's Bank Road including five mins wait for the level crossing.
“Thank you West Berkshire Council for bringing Newbury to a standstill.”
While @gibbssn Tweeted: “Avoid Newbury. Fleming Road “development” plus Boundary Road equals chaos.”
The improvement works will see one lane closed in both directions for around two weeks.
However, in an effort to alleviate the strain on the town’s already congested roads, the forthcoming lane closures on the A339 will only be in place between 9.30am and 3.30pm.
The works will see the dual carriageway south of the Robin Hood roundabout widened before the new junction is installed, which West Berkshire Council say will eventually improve the traffic flow through the town.