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Market Street road closure

Market Street in Newbury is set to close for up to five weeks from Monday 28 October.

The closure will enable important infrastructure work required as part of the multi-million pound regeneration of the Market Street area.

One of the first tasks required is to install a new sewer to serve the 200 new homes, and businesses, coming to the site. West Berkshire Council has granted a work permit to Cappagh to install the sewer and as a result the road will be closed between Mayors Lane and West Berkshire Council offices from Monday 28th October and around 1 December.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area if possible or allow extra time for their journeys. The diversion routes are available to view online (Market Street Closure) and are as follows:

Clockwise: Cheap Street, Bear Lane, A339 (southbound), St John's Road, Newtown Road and Batholomew Street

Anti-clockwise: Bartholomew Street, Newtown Road, A339 (northbound) and Cheap Street

The roadworks on the A339 are set to be removed next week and the new traffic lights at the Sainsbury's roundabout turned on which help to keep traffic on the diversion route flowing.  

Motorists should note that access to Northbrook Street will be subject to current restrictions (closed 10am to 5pm), access to the Kennet Centre car park will be via Bartholomew Street and exit onto Market Street, and access to the Kennet Centre service ramp will be available 24/7.

The road closure will affect Kennections services coming into Newbury town centre from the south of Newbury.  Kennections 2 and 3 will be diverted over this period and Kennections 4 and 6 will not serve Newbury Railway Station for the duration. Detailed information and updates about this closure can be found here -  www.westberks.gov.uk/transportchanges. Information will also be posted on affected bus stops around Newbury Town Centre and on social media. Services operated by other bus companies will be making their own arrangements so contact the operator directly.  

Speaking ahead of the closure Councillor Richard Somner, Executive Member for Transport, said: "This road closure is needed to allow some important infrastructure to be laid for the next stage of the Market Street regeneration. Our Highways team have worked very hard to complete the A339 improvement works before this closure comes into effect and this will help the situation. "I know motorists never welcome news of roadworks but the Council works hard to balance the need for utility works as well as its own highways improvements programme. Every year the Council receives thousands of requests from utility companies wanting to work on roads in West Berkshire. We work hard to coordinate this work to keep our roads moving and minimise the impact on motorists."

Motorists are thanked in advance for their patience while these essential works on Market Street are completed.

All enquiries should be directed to Cappagh on 0208 947 4000 option 3.

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