West Berkshire Council

Start date: 2017-05-02
End date: 2017-06-04
Results: 2017-08-31

A339/Bear Lane/Kings Road Roundabout, Newbury: Improvement Scheme

Have your say on our improvement scheme

We are suggesting improvements to the A339/Bear Lane/Kings Road Roundabout next to Sainsbury's, as during the morning and evening rush hours it is near its capacity. We propose to:

  • make Bear Lane one-way eastbound between Wharf Road and the A339
  • create a new signal controlled junction from the A339 into Cheap Street to allow traffic travelling from the north and east to access the town centre
  • remove the central reserve on the A339 between Bear Lane junction and the new Cheap Street junction to provide a right turn lane
  • restrict parking on Cheap Street south to accommodate the additional flow of traffic
  • introduce a new pedestrian crossing on Cheap Street
  • introduce a new mini roundabout at the Market Street and Cheap Street junction

You can view pdf icon full details of the proposed improvements online [1Mb]

The scheme is estimated at £1.4m and will be funded by contributions from the Newbury Racecourse development and central government grant.

We have produced some pdf icon Frequently Asked Questions [64kb], following on from the comments we've received in the first week. We will update these throughout the consultation period.

We will be hosting two drop-in sessions for anyone who wants to find out more or ask questions about the proposed improvements. The sessions will be held from 12pm to 7pm on Tuesday 23 May and Wednesday 24 May in the Council Chamber at the Market Street Offices, Newbury.

To ensure the scheme will meet future demand, simulation software has been used to assess traffic flow using the levels predicted in 2021, which includes all committed major developments in Newbury. You can see a video of the predicted traffic flow below.

The simulation on the left shows the flow of traffic in 2021, without the proposed improvements at Bear Lane and Cheap Street. It assumes that the new Kings Road Link Road is open to traffic and also that the new bus station in the Wharf is open, allowing buses to turn right out of Cheap Street.

The simulation on the right shows the flow of traffic with the proposed improvements in place.

We have considered many options before arriving at our preferred scheme, including the removal of the roundabout and construction of a conventional traffic signal controlled crossroads and the construction of a flyover the A339 junction.

We would like your views on the proposed improvement scheme. Please contact the Highway Project Team - A339 Improvement Scheme with your comments before the 4 June 2017 at 5pm.

Who To Contact

For enquiries relating to the A339/Bear Lane/Kings Road Roundabout, Newbury improvement scheme

01635 519080