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Major road scheme delayed

Work to ease a major traffic pinch point in Newbury that was due start earlier this summer has been delayed.

The scheme to improve traffic flow on the A339 in the area around Sainsbury’s is estimated to cost £1.4m and will be funded by contributions from the Newbury Racecourse development and central government grant.

Initially, the project, which approved over a year ago, was delayed because some elements needed to be redesigned following the initial consultation according to West Berkshire Council.

It had been suggested by the project team that would could start as early as Summer 2018.

The Council also told us: “It was then decided that, because other work was going on in the town centre we would start the project in January 2019 to avoid causing more disruption in the run up to Christmas.”

The work will include:

• Making the changes to the A339/Bear Lane roundabout as originally proposed

• Building the new traffic light junction between the A339 and Cheap Street as originally proposed

• Making Cheap Street (south) a one-way street but keeping most of the existing parking spaces

• Introducing traffic lights at the Cheap Street/Market Street junction

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