West Berkshire Council

Milestone reached in new A339 junction construction

Construction of a new junction on the A339 has reached a major milestone, with the opening of a new network of footpaths on the west side of the A339 and in Victoria Park.

New footpath opened on A339

Issued on: 15 December 2017

The project began on site in February and, following the construction of a new retaining wall and drainage system, the carriageway has been widened towards the park and partially resurfaced.

The old footpath, which used to run adjacent to the dual carriageway, was closed when work started and has now been re-routed into Victoria Park. This links up with a new path in the park which currently goes between the town centre and the A339 and will eventually also link up with the London Road Industrial Estate once a new pedestrian crossing is complete. Our contractors, Balfour Beatty, have removed their equipment and the park is back to its former condition, with only some minor fencing work left to be done.

Work is now focussing on the east side of the A339 where we have begun construction of the new junction with Fleming Road. We have already diverted some underground pipes and cables and installed new drainage. We are currently the process of laying the new kerbs at the carriageway edge and installing a network of ducts for the traffic signal cables. When the junction is complete, access to the London Road Industrial Estate will be vastly improved, especially from the south, because drivers will no longer have to negotiate the Robin Hood roundabout to enter the estate. The new pedestrian crossing will complete the east-west pedestrian link.

Jeanette Clifford, West Berkshire Council's Executive Member for Highways and Transport, said; 'Pedestrians can now have a pleasant walk through Victoria Park instead of right next to the dual carriageway. The new length of path through the park opens up an extra walking route between Parkway and the A339. We would like to thank users of the park, and Newbury Town Council, for their patience while this work was carried out.'

Users of the A339 can now see the new junction taking shape soon. For regular updates on the progress of the work, including prior notification of temporary lane closures, please read our A339 blog.