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Change to lane markings on busy Newbury A4 junction

Motorists concerned about potential 'near misses'

John Herring

John Herring


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Change to lane markings on busy Newbury A4 junction

LANE markings at the Hambridge Road/A4 traffic lights have been changed to allow more cars to turn right towards Thatcham.


The left filter, which takes you onto the A4 towards Newbury, is as before. But, the left lane of the two lanes going straight ahead, which was for drivers heading to Fir Tree Lane only, now also allows you to turn right. The third lane is still the right filter.

The right lane had been only way on to the A4 towards Thatcham and while the new system is designed to ease the bottleneck that often forms along Hambridge Road with the number of cars wanting to turn right, motorists have expressed concern on social media that there should be more signs to indicate the new layout in order to avoid accidents.

Some drivers have said that in the past when they turn right at that junction they have then immediately gone into the left lane to allow others to overtake, but they worry that they may not see someone on their passenger side who has also turned right. One posted: 'I've always used right hand lane and moved into left lane when I get round the corner, but now there may be someone already in the left lane...'.

Another concerned motorist, who thought the new system was a good idea in principle, said: 'They need to paint lane guides so people don't come over too far'.

Someone else who had had a near miss posted: 'nearly had someone go into the side of me yesterday! A sign to say change in road layout would have been sensible!'

West Berkshire Council added new signage to the junction approach in Hambridge Road at the weekend to show the changed the layout.

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  • Chris

    09/07/2020 - 11:02

    Many people are asking for "New Road Layout" signs to be installed. Looking at the photo for this article you can see there is already one installed. Guess we need to be more observant motorists.


  • louise

    08/07/2020 - 11:16

    and soon to be complicated further following trial allowing rental e bikes on carriageways with no training/ insurance/ reg no's and never having had to study the Highway Code.


    • biggus_richus

      08/07/2020 - 12:05

      to be fair, you'll probably find the no training/insurance categories apply more to drivers


  • NbyLad

    08/07/2020 - 10:08

    Newbury keep changing road layouts which confuse the motorists of the town, what with these changes and Sainsburys roundabout has changed the lanes for entering the store, it used to be the right lane coming from the roundabout, now it seems to be the left lane again.


    • NewburyLad

      08/07/2020 - 10:35

      Many motorists in Newbury lack basic driving skills and are easily confused, and until recently, the Hambridge road junction (which is what this article is about) hadn't really changed for some 15-20 years.


  • NewburyLad

    08/07/2020 - 09:20

    "'I've always used right hand lane and moved into left lane when I get round the corner, but now there may be someone already in the left lane...'." Gosh, how do you handle driving on a motorway then when you are in lane 2 or 3 or 4 and want to go back into lane 1 or lane 2 or lane 3? Don't you check? Don't you have awareness of vehicles you are passing or who might be joining from a slip-road? It's no different to being aware of cars as the two lanes turn right. Before these changes, I have always assumed that someone might be to the left of me when turning right in the right hand lane there and I wanted to then move left.