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A4 to close overnight between Newbury and Thatcham

Work is to prepare for traffic light replacement

John Herring

John Herring


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Council abandons widening of Hambridge Road scheme

THE A4 will be closed between Newbury and Thatcham for a 10-hour period tonight (Monday).

The road will be closed between the B&Q roundabout and the Turnpike Road and Tull Way roundabout, from 7pm until 5am tomorrow (January 28).

The closure is to allow all traffic lights at the A4 Hambridge Road and Fir Tree Lane junction to be replaced as part of a West Berkshire Council improvement project.

The council said that a temporary traffic light system would be in place for a few weeks to prepare and install the new lights. In a letter to residents, it said: “In order to safely undertake certain aspects of the works described and to protect the public and the contractor, a road closure is required.

“Due to the high volume of vehicle movements using this junction during the day, these works will be undertaken overnight.”

Access from the A4 to Hambridge Road and its adjoining roads, as well as Fir Tree Lane, Lower Way and Dorneywood Way, will be affected.

The council said the road might need to be closed overnight on January 28 into January 29 if the work was not completed on January 27.

It has asked businesses accessed from the A4 expecting deliveries to make every effort to alter delivery times outside of the closure period. 

The council added that access to residential properties within the closure area will be permitted at all times, but there may be periods where access would be delayed.

The overnight closures follow an off-peak lane closure between 9.30am and 4pm, across the left-turn out of Hambridge Road on to the A4.

The closure, which started on Monday, is to allow ducting to be laid in preparation for the new traffic signals. Outside off-peak hours, the closure will be removed and normal conditions will resume. 

For more information, call the council’s customer services team on (01635) 519080 or email   

The council has abandoned plans to widen the left-turn lane out of Hambridge Road after discovering utility cables have been buried too close to the surface. 

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  • NewburyLad

    27/01/2020 - 13:51

    Loads of unnecessary work and inconvenience for residents, just so that the council can do a bit of tinkering around with a junction.


    • CommonHungerforder

      27/01/2020 - 14:57

      @NewburyLad Not even 'tinkering' because the shallow cables, pipes and services stopped that. But think positive! You will fly through the new traffic lights into the next council tinkering roadwork congestion. Or SGN renewing gas pipes. Or people painting random lengths of cycle lane for no cyclists. I say, 'fly through', but councilor Jeff Brooks will insist the A4 is limited to 30mph for its entire length from Bristol, not that anybody who could implement this is listening to him. All in all, council tax well spent. We know it makes sense as we are paying. I'm not that positive now though.


      • NewburyLad

        27/01/2020 - 18:07

        I do think positive, because by now Newbury must have the best gas, electricity and water supplies in Berkshire, because all 3 services have been dug up and relaid everything in just about every road in Newbury, so they can't possibly fail ever again.