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£1.5million traffic scheme approved for Newbury

Overhaul of Sainsbury's roundabout will be "another strong link in the A339 chain", says councillor

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Delays for motorists after A339 lane closures

A £1.5million overhaul of the Sainsbury’s roundabout in Newbury has been approved by West Berkshire councillors.

The scheme aims to improve traffic flow along the A339 by reducing congestion on the busy junction between the A339, Bear Lane, Kings Road and Mill Lane.

Speaking about the plans at a meeting of the council’s executive committee last night, member for highways, Jeanette Clifford, said: “When it’s delivered, it will be another strong link in the A339 chain, and another way to keep traffic moving in Newbury and West Berkshire.”

The scheme means A339 southbound traffic will no longer be able to turn right on the roundabout into Bear Lane, which will become one-way between the A339 and Wharf Road.

While a new signal controlled junction will be created from the A339 into Cheap Street to allow traffic travelling from the north and east to access the town centre.

Initially the plans would have also seen parking removed from Cheap Street south to accommodate the extra traffic from the new junction, however, following a public consultation,  on-street parking will be retained and Cheap Street south will become one-way (northbound) with the Cheap Street/Market Street junction controlled by traffic lights.

A new pedestrian crossing will be installed along with the new traffic signals, while the existing pedestrian crossings on Cheap Street (north) and Market Street will be removed.

Fears have been raised that the new A339 junction will cause congestion further south at the Burger King roundabout as northbound traffic is forced to wait to allow cars turning right onto Cheap Street.

However council highways officers have said the timing of the traffic signals at the new A339 junction will be linked to those at the Sainsbury's roundabout in an effort to prevent the build-up of long northbound queues.

For a full report of the meeting and further reaction to the plans pick up a copy of next week’s Newbury Weekly News.

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  • Washwaterman

    28/07/2017 - 17:05

    Excellent news the council will be recreating the traffic nightmare of the early 90's so lots of new drivers can experience what we had to endure, well done West berks

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  • rooter37

    28/07/2017 - 17:05

    Something does need to be done, north/south is fine, but travelling east/west is a nightmare. Coming from Hambridge to go south towards Burger king, the lights let out 4 cars at a time and it backs up way past the London Apprentice. Embrace positive change people, yes it might be a pain while they are doing the works, but we are only in the 'ok ish' place we are now after years of work.

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    • Bombey

      28/07/2017 - 18:06

      some cameras on the lights issuing fines to the 'amber gamblers' would help no end. The number of times you see 2 or more cars try & get through on amber only to block the road for other motorists is unreal...

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  • NewburyDenizen

    28/07/2017 - 16:04

    I was just thinking recently that it had been taking almost a reasonable amount of time to get from one side of town to the other, now we get to look forward to 6/12/18 months of disruption again? Fantastic.

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  • grumpy

    28/07/2017 - 14:02

    oh dear, here we go again, months of delays while they do the roadworks :-(

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