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Overnight closures of A339 rail bridge start tonight






The bridge will be closed from 9pm until 8am on Saturday evening and from 9pm until 6am on Sunday while scaffolding equipment is installed.
Drivers can expect delays as lane narrowing and a mandatory 30mph speed limit will be in place across the bridge to coincide with the overnight closures until the project is completed at the end of September.
Small vehicles will be diverted through the town centre via St Johns Road, Bartholomew Street, Market Street and Bear Lane.
Heavy goods vehicles will be directed down St Johns Road, the A34 and the A4.
The full closures will be publicised in advance on signs on the bridge and on the Highways Agency website.
The maintenance work has already resulted in Station Road, at the junction of the A339, being closed from 8am on March 4, and will remain shut until the maintenance work is completed.
An alternative access route to the station will be available from St John's Road during this period.
The maintenance work, which is expected to cost £1.5 million, includes brickwork replacement, concrete repairs and heightening safety barriers along the bridge to coincide with the future electrification of the railway.
Drivers are advised to check conditions before travelling and details of traffic restrictions are available at www.highways.gov.uk/newburyrailbridge.
The overnight closures will also coincide with ongoing emergency works on the A4 London Road due to a collapsed sewer.
The collapse has resulted in lane narrowing on the eastbound carriageway of the A4 and traffic lights at the Newport Road junction being switched off to reduce eastbound delays, resulting in no right turns into or out of Faraday Road.
To access Faraday Road, drivers travelling towards Thatcham will have to turn around at the Newbury Business Park roundabout and then turn left into Faraday Road at the Newport Road junction.
To head East from Faraday Road, drivers will have to turn left on to the A4 and then double back at the Robin Hood roundabout.
The sewer repairs are expected to last until Sunday evening.



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