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Roadworks lights cause traffic chaos in Newbury

Some motorists abandon cars and take train instead

John Garvey

John Garvey


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Roadworks lights cause traffic chaos in Newbury

THREE-way traffic lights at roadworks near Parkway shopping centre in Newbury brought roads chaos to the town today (Saturday).

Huge jams and tailbacks led to motorists being trapped for up to two hours and some reportedly parked their vehicles as soon as possible and walked or took trains to their destination.

The lights are placed near works by the junction of Parkway and London Road.

One fed up motorist posted on's social media Facebook page: "Have been stuck in the Parkway car park for 1.5 hours and counting, and have moved about 20m. Starting to lose my sense of humour now! Road rage a couple of cars behind me."

Another posted: "Only the council would allow roadworks on Parkway at the same time as the A339...brainless and costing the earth, all in the name of easing congestion. Unlikely to achieve any improvement anyway and scheduled to cause continuing chaos for at least twelve months. The impact on town centre businesses will be catastrophic, but they won’t receive compensation."

By 3.45pm the situation was easing but there were still tailbacks of several hundred yards.

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  • Gazzo

    24/01/2019 - 15:03

    Wow, only 10 mins! If it had taken you nearly 40mins to get from the Sainsburys roundabout to the new junction turn off into Faraday Road, as it did me, THEN you can whinge.


  • Goatie

    20/01/2019 - 18:06

    Took 10 mins today (11.50-!2.00) from A339 to British Legion Pelican Lane due to people leaving the Catholic Church unable to join the backed up traffic from Park Way and when lights were green traffic not moving!! also cars having to back up to allow us to turn right into Pelican Lane.


  • Owen1

    19/01/2019 - 20:08

    Brainless council


    • BorisTheTamp

      20/01/2019 - 12:12

      Typical bad planning by the arrogant fools in this council. The most worrying thing is they won't give a damn