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Boundary Road to reopen on Tuesday

However bridge will only be able to accommodate one-way traffic for time being

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Boundary Road to reopen on Tuesday

THE wait is almost over...

Boundary Road – one of Newbury’s busiest through routes – will reopen on Tuesday next week, following 12 months of disruption.

However, the bad news is the bridge will still only be one-way for now because the land north of the bridge is not yet wide enough to accommodate two-way traffic.

The necessary widening works will be completed at a later date as part of the adjacent Sterling Cables redevelopment and paid for by the developer and the council.

Work on Boundary Road started in January 2016 to allow Network Rail to carry out essential works to heighten the bridge ahead of electrification of the line.

Network Rail has admitted the £2.5m project is one of the most complex of all its bridge replacements, due to the age of the structure and the number of utilities connected to it.

Boundary Road was previously closed for three months – from July 2015 until October 2015 – while utility services were diverted away from the bridge ahead of the main works taking place.

That closure caused gridlock, with some disgruntled people getting in touch with the Newbury Weekly News to say it was taking them up to 40 minutes to travel across town.

The works have not only had an impact on motorists using the town’s road network, but they have also generated complaints from nearby residents.

Several of them contacted the NWN last year to say that noisy overnight works had kept them awake and made the walls of their homes shake.

Throughout the closure, a temporary footbridge has been in place for pedestrians and cyclists to use.

Last year, Network Rail gave Newbury schoolchildren the chance to design artwork to brighten up the footbridge.

When the new bridge is put into operation, the pupils’ artwork will be moved and put on display at Newbury and Newbury Racecourse stations.

This week, a spokesman for Network Rail, James Crook, said: “We would like to thank residents for their patience.

“This essential upgrade will pave the way for faster, greener electric trains with more seats to be operating through Newbury.”

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  • NewburyDave

    27/01/2017 - 12:12

    A few facts. 1) Hambridge Road bridge was paid for by the developer at the racecourse and was never indicated that it would be open to the public as a rat run. Nothing to do with WBC. 2) Boundary Road bridge has been completely paid for by the railway company. 2 way traffic will be possible once work begins on Sterling estate and the road here is widened (funded through developer contributions) The rail company didn't do the work as it is nothing to do with them and sterling won't build a new road a year before they even begin demolishing the area. Just have some patience people.

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    • Nimby

      29/01/2017 - 00:12

      I think the people of Newbury have spent enough time being patient!

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    • Oldmoaner

      27/01/2017 - 22:10

      I fail to see the difference between developer paying for and developer contributions, it was total incompetence on the part of WBC planners to allow a new railway crossing exclusively for this development. Does this mean that only the new occupiers can use the widened part of Boundary Road? I also dispute that it is developers contributions, in the original planning consent for the new ridiculous road scheme the council allegedly applied for a government grant to carry out these works as they did on their other nightmare the A339 London Road Industrial Estate.

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  • Tricky

    27/01/2017 - 11:11

    Everyone in Newbury had the expectation the new bridge further up hambridge would replace or alleviate this traffic (even heard of a one way with southbound over new bridge and boundary road made one way northbound) However council clearly got a kick back from racecourse developers to make the bridge WE paid for, only available for them!!!

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  • NoisyNortherner

    27/01/2017 - 09:09

    It says a lot for Newbury's traffic infrastructure that what should be a relatively minor thoroughfare being closed has caused so much traffic disruption. Unfortunately, due to the road layout around Sainsburys, if you're coming from the south and want to head to the east of town, you don't have much choice, aside from Bone Lane or the Robin Hood.

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  • Sainthamster

    26/01/2017 - 21:09

    Confused! So if it is one-way traffic, which way exactly? Towards Hambridge Road or towards rececourse? Or is it going to be traffic light controlled from each direction?

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    • Newburyres

      27/01/2017 - 09:09

      It will have traffic lights until the road on the Stirling cables site is widened.

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