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Councillor presses for improved access to Retail Park

A Newbury Town Councillor is pressing for improvements to access to Newbury Retail Park.

Cllr Phil Barnett is calling for changes to be made to the A339 as a result of increased traffic where he says queues are now stretching down the Sandleford link.

West Berkshire Council claim that the traffic going to the Retail Park is a result of the recent opening of Lidl.

In an effort to try and improve traffic flow, the zebra crossing at the McDonald's junction was removed and replaced with an island crossing earlier this year. This was a planning condition for the opening of the opening of Lidl.

According to planning documents, a contribution of £50,000 towards improvements to the A339 / Pinchington Lane / Monks Lane junction was also made as a result of the Lidl planning application.

In relation to traffic heading in to the Retail Park, a statement by West Berkshire Council featured within a planning application for the change of use for the Next Store, read: "I am aware that much has changed since the start of the COVID 19. There has been a reduction in traffic of up to circa 13% during weekday peak travel periods, however weekend traffic has not been so impacted."

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