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Should there be a bridge over the railway track at Thatcham?

Do you think the level crossing bottleneck at Thatcham Station should be replaced by a bridge?

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Should there be a bridge over the railway track at Thatcham?

Yes, it's badly needed

No, it will cost too much

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I don't care about Thatcham

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  • Spikey71

    04/04/2017 - 11:11

    I don't think it should matter if you live in or near this area at all or work close to the affected area that train level crossing coursing a huge problem in timing of the gates. I think the station can be moved further up, and the train lines too to make room for a single bridge to go over the lines and two parts of Kennet river. Which their is room for this to happen. Which I have looked at the area via google map. Then with the bridge to have it for traffic heading both ways then traffic will not be a problem. I am in process in drawing a design to pass on to net work rail and wbc,ttc, and nwn. But I think it boils down to money, which they could use the money at Newbury station instead at thatcham. Newbury doesn't need a face lift or refurb. Thatcham station area needs sorting out to help with the issues surrounding traffic at the level crossing.

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  • Justin S

    03/04/2017 - 16:04

    The same old question that's been asked since the Americans were at Greenham and beyond. Lets be honest , we will be asking this again in 10 years time. All those people who don't push for the bridge in the council , must obviously not live here, but their palatial pads in the country. If we can have a bridge for 10 cars a day in Ufton Nervet, then we should have a bridge for Thatchams 30 a minute. I have seen emegernecy vehicles stuck here as well as countless lorries flouting the weight limit, which may also have an impact on the weight crossing the bridge, but should be policed now as the roads either side cant cope with them

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  • DeltaOskarMike

    01/04/2017 - 12:12

    If you think about it, most crossings over the Newbury to Theale line have a bridge over the railway now (apart from Thatcham Crossing).. The Thatcham crossing must be one of the busiest crossings across this line. Apart from the logistics of building a bridge over the existing crossing, you'd have to take into consideration access to the pub, industrial estate and any existing land lost to allow for the bridge and any new access. A better (cheaper?) alternative (already suggested) would be to take the road section from the bottom corner of Pipers Lane (where it starts to run parallel with the railway line) over the canal and then round the back of the new development (where the farm used to be), over ther River Kennet and then joining back up at the Chamberhouse Mill Lane and Cookham Hill junction. As it is there are not many crossing points to get from north to south, and as time goes on I'm sure waiting times at the crossing will increase as more traffic comes onto our roads.

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    • pops50

      01/04/2017 - 16:04

      There is another route that was proposed away from the existing crossing

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  • NewburyLad

    01/04/2017 - 08:08

    There's plenty of room to use Pipers Lane, climbing up and over the railway, over the canal and then gently descending and curving back towards the junction just in front of the football pitch. If a bridge can appear almost overnight at Ufton Nervet, along with the new Race Course one, then there is no reason a Thatcham one cannot be built. Of course it must be linked to any new housing development plans, something that the Lib Dem run council failed to do when granting permission for the redevelopment of the old army depot. That was a monumental failing by the Lib Dems.

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    • pops50

      01/04/2017 - 16:04

      UKIP proposed a route that was based on Pipers Lane and was published in the NWN but a full report was not

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    • pops50

      01/04/2017 - 16:04

      UKIP proposed this route and was published in the NWN plus a full report that was not published

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