Mon, 09 Nov 2015
ROADWORKS which caused delays for commuters into Newbury this morning will now remain in place until tomorrow it has been confirmed.
It was hoped that the work on the traffic signals at the A4 and Faraday Road junction would be completed today (Monday), however due to heavy rain over the weekend the roadworks will still be in place for tomorrow's rush hour.
Earlier today frustrated motorists endured long delays due to the temporary traffic lights as West Berkshire Council work to upgrade the town centre traffic light system.
New signal controllers have already been installed at the Robin Hood roundabout and one on London Road.
However the latest upgrades which began on Friday (November 6) caused long queues on the approach to the Robin Hood roundabout from all directions.
This morning the works saw traffic travelling from the north queuing as far back as the services at J13 with a reported journey time of almost half an hour to the Robin Hood roundabout.
While motorists approaching the roundabout from the south endured a 20 minute wait to get through the junction and exit onto the A4 towards Thatcham.
However it is hoped that traffic flow will be improved this evening and tomorrow morning with a council worker on site manually controlling the signals.
The delays at rush hour were further compounded by a lane closure further up the A4 at the Hambridge Road junction towards Thatcham.
However West Berkshire Council has now confirmed that these works will be carried out outside of peak hours.
According to the council the upgrades, which began in October, should help to improve traffic flow through the town by allowing the highways team to alter the lights according to local traffic flows.
Speaking ahead of the upgrades West Berkshire's Executive Member for Highways,Garth Simpson, said: "We've done all we can to minimise disruption to motorists but we'd ask for patience if journeys do take a few minutes longer. Once we've completed the upgrade we'll have a more reliable, flexible traffic control system which will improve how we can manage traffic in Newbury and hopefully improve journeys in the town."