Fri, 05 Aug 2016
WEST Berkshire Council admits it is at a loss to explain what caused gridlock on Faraday Road on Monday evening.
Between 5pm and 6pm, motorists had to endure queues stretching back the entire length of the road – from the traffic lights by Lidl to the gates of the Newbury Weekly News car park.
Some reported it taking them up to 40 minutes just to get out of Faraday Road, while one – who didn’t want to be named – told the NWN that the traffic was “the worst I’ve ever seen it”.
The council tested the lights and found no faults, but said that the closure of Kiln Road in Shaw, which leads to the Robin Hood roundabout, could have meant more traffic than usual was using the Faraday Road junction.
The traffic situation was not helped by two large vehicles, a car transporter and another carrying straw, parked on double yellow lines on a corner between the NWN and the Eden Vauxhall car dealership.
It meant that vehicles had to go on to the opposite side of the road to pass them, only to have to immediately try and reverse when meeting traffic coming the other way.
When asked by the NWN, the council said it had not been informed about the two large vehicles.
One motorist, Brent Dearle, took to social media to vent his anger, tweeting a picture of the queues to West Berkshire Council’s highways department with the comment: “This is Faraday Road now – any chance something could be done to ease the ridiculous traffic?”
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