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Gridlock on Newbury's roads... again

A339 lane closures cause delays of up to an hour

Chris Ord


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Gridlock on Newbury's roads... again

JUST when you thought the traffic couldn't get any worse... it has.

Newbury's road network has once again ground to a halt due to the ongoing resurfacing works on the A339.

Frustrated motorists are suffering again with journeys from south Newbury to the Robin Hood roundabout reportedly taking up to an hour. 

Traffic is queueing in both directions between the Sainsbury's roundabout and the Robin Hood roundabout, while jams from Bear Lane through to Bartholomew Street have also been reported.

Queues on the A4 are stretching back to Hambridge Road with lane closures also in effect on the approach to the Robin Hood roundabout (pictured below).

The town's roads have been regularly forced into meltdown owing to the off peak works which have seen the busy dual carriageway reduced to a single lane in both directions since last Wednesday (September 28).

Frustrated motorists were stuck in northbound tailbacks along the A339 as far as the Sandleford link on most days last week.

West Berkshire Council has apologised for the disruption and are encouraging drivers to "take a different route where possible".

The resurfacing works on the northbound carriageway are expected to be complete by tomorrow however the council has reminded motorists that lanes cannot be reopened straight away after resurfacing as the asphalt has to cool down before traffic can drive on it.

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  • boris

    05/10/2016 - 20:08

    Newbury lad and dont forget that great weekend in September when we have the newbury show and racing on the same weekend We leave the country at that given time If brains were dynamite the Newbury district councillors would not have enough to blow their hats off


  • boris

    05/10/2016 - 20:08

    So let me get this straight when this work is finished we will have another set of traffic lights in between the Robin Hood and sainsburys roundabout so traffic can access faraday rd from the 339 Ooh looking forward TO the blockbuster GRIDLOCK II THE RETURN. Yum yum


  • Ihavenonickname

    05/10/2016 - 12:12

    So much for our Capitalist 'friends of Newbury' The Racecourse, not letting local traffic use the new bridge and link road to help alleviate the chaos!


    • DonCossack

      09/10/2016 - 09:09

      Utterly stupid comment. You go and watch the tractors and golf buggies go up and down that road and you'd understand why there's no through traffic. Besides, it's the developers of the new racecourse estate who are responsible, not the racecourse itself. What is ideally needed is the currently closed boundary road bridge to be two-way, which, even after the replacement and upgrade will be one-way STILL. Now that's West Berkshire Council for you, the people actually responsible for the traffic chaos in Newbury.


    • NewburyLad

      05/10/2016 - 18:06

      The only thing the Racecourse brings to Newbury is heavy traffic, thousands of drunk obnoxious visitors in the town, noise pollution in the evening, even more strain on our local services because of the new homes and, err, that's it. Surely you didn't think that for one second the residents there would be content with opening the bridge in times of need - they are happy to congest and pollute our roads but you must never do the same to them.


      • Marco

        08/10/2016 - 10:10

        Silly comment. The racecourse brings jobs and plenty of income for local businesses. Many, like me, also enjoy going to the races. Best you stay indoors and draw your curtains.


  • EugeneStryker

    05/10/2016 - 11:11

    You can legally filter pass all of the traffic on your push bike. You will also be able to go through the Racecourse as well as, interestingly, the inhabitants don't mind bikes but did not like the thought of grid lock in front of their houses.


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