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Works could start early this summer

Work to redesign a major pinch point in the centre of Newbury could start as soon as early this summer.

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

It will include:

  • Making changes to the A339/Bear Lane roundabout by removing access from the roundabout to Bear Lane

  • Building a new traffic light junction between the A339 and Cheap Street

  • 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.

Neil Stacey from West Berkshire Council said that the current situation is that they have almost finished the detailed designs and are preparing to go out to tender.

He added: “We are now looking at a start date in the early summer. Until we have signed a contract it is difficult to go into great detail as to how the construction period will be managed and how long it will be, but we will start issuing regular updates as soon as we have a contractor on board.”

Speaking at the decision-making committee in July, Councillor James Fredrickson said that this was the second large infrastructure project in the Northcroft Ward.

“There had been a lot of cynicism around the London Road Industrial Estate junction but it had much improved the traffic flow and the success of that encouraged him that the project would improve safety and movement around the Sainsbury’s roundabout and that it would be completed on time. The improvements would release traffic and reduce air pollution in that area.”

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