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Council can't explain Faraday Road gridlock

West Berkshire Council admits it doesn't know what caused huge delays on Monday

Dan Cooper

Dan Cooper


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Council can't explain Faraday Road gridlock

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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  • ExNewbury

    08/08/2016 - 09:09

    I've just come into Newbury (Faraday Rd) to drop my car off for servicing (Monday 8 Aug 08:30) and it took me almost 40 minutes to travel from the Waitrose roundabout on the A4 to Faraday Rd, with the majority of the gridlock associated with the Robinhood roundabout. Newbury is being strangled by the ineptitude of this councils road planning department. I for one will be taking my business elsewhere until this farcical situation is remedied once and for all. Your loss Newbury!


  • Patzie

    05/08/2016 - 14:02

    There is another factor in the traffic problems which has been caused by the “improvements” to the traffic signalling at the Robin Hood roundabout. The flow has been restricted by not giving one set of traffic enough time to clear the roundabout before releasing another set. Without yellow hatching to allow through flow of traffic the result is long queues on each adjoining road. Warning – road works are to start opposite Faraday Road on the 7th August, this is probably because the council don’t work at weekends so assumes no one uses the roads on a Sunday.


  • DonCossack

    05/08/2016 - 12:12

    This is what happens when you have three major roadworks ongoing at the same time. No Boundary Road bridge. No Kiln Road and the A339. Are these people stupid? Do they lack critical thinking abilities? Newbury can become congested at the best of times. When you close or impede 3 major roadways in this already busy town, havoc is guaranteed.


    • NewburyResident

      05/08/2016 - 15:03

      Do you really think that WBC care about motorists. They will also no doubt be unable to explain the extra traffic on the A339 when the new link to Faraday is in place with additional lights. Oh to be rid of the incompetent WBC and their leader!


  • SteveGolf

    05/08/2016 - 11:11

    This issue has been going on for 2 weeks Its not only in the evening but the mornings also from Thatcham it can take 30 mins to get to the robin hood. It must be to do with Kiln Road ! Surely the council should have pre-empted this where else was the traffic going to go ? The Tesco traffic lights do not help as they seem to go red every few seconds as people cross the road sometimes only 2 or 3 cars get through. Their should be time set between red light cycles to allow cars to get through. Newbury Council !!


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