West Berkshire Council

Start date: 2017-10-01
End date: 2017-10-22
Results: 2017-11-15

A4 Cycle Improvements

Improving cycling conditions along the A4 from Newbury to Thatcham


This consultation is now closed.


We have received a government grant to improve cycling infrastructure along the A4 corridor.

Phase One of the scheme will make improvements on London Road and Benham Hill; from the junction with Faraday Road to the Tull Way Roundabout.

To create safe space for cyclists on the carriageway we propose the following changes to the road layout:

  • cycle lanes on both sides of road where width allows
  • making better use of available road space by removing hatching and right hand turn lanes where it is appropriate to do so
  • removing traffic islands to get rid of 'pinch points' for cyclists
  • installing advance stop lines at signalised junctions creating safe refuges for cyclists and making them more visible to drivers
  • new dropped kerbs to assist the movements of cyclists on and off the route

Maps detailing the proposed changes are listed below:

The aim is to encourage more cyclists to make their journeys on the road. However, there will also be improvements to off-carriageway facilities because not all cyclists have the confidence to mix with traffic and there are areas where accessibility is currently restricted for those in wheelchairs, mobility scooters and with pushchairs. Where surveys have indicated that the footway on the A4 is well used by cyclists, we propose the following off-carriageway improvements:

  • widening and resurfacing sections of footway that are of inadequate width, and converting to shared for use for both pedestrians and cyclists
  • removing unnecessary street clutter such as non statutory signs and signposts, and relocating lamp columns, bus shelters and other street furniture to ensure pedestrian and cyclist movement is less obstructed
  • creating wider pedestrian islands to upgrade crossing points for all users

We also propose to introduce new double yellow lines, in areas where Officers have identified that there is a problem with cars parking and blocking footways. There will be separate consultations to follow for these restrictions as they require Traffic Regulation Orders.

Please contact the Highways Project Team with any queries or requests for further information.

What you told us

We received 55 responses to the consultation. There were 23 responses in favour of the proposals and 23 against, with nine responses making comments not specifically stating either support or objection.

What we did

You can view the full report containing responses and officer's comments. The report has been presented for consideration to the Executive for Highways and Transport. The decision to accept or reject the recommendations of the report will be made on the 15 November 2017 and will be posted on this page in due course.

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