West Berkshire Council

A339, Cheap Street and Bear Lane Improvements

A major road improvement project for Newbury started on 7 January 2019.

The £1.8 million project, funded by developer's contributions from the Newbury Racecourse development and Local Transport Plan capital grant funding recognises the need to create more capacity on the busy town centre network. The opportunity will be taken to resurface the roads during these works.

You can pdf icon view a list of Frequently Asked Questions [355kb] about the project.

Drawings showing the new road layout can be viewed below:

Phase 1 - 7 January to March 2019

The introduction of traffic lights at the junction of the A339 and Cheap Street to allow traffic to turn right from the dual carriageway into Cheap Street. There will be off peak lane closures and pedestrian diversions.

If you have any questions, comments or would like further information, please get in touch with the Highways Projects Team.

Traffic using the A339/Bear Lane Junction

Project Update - End of Week 1

Written on: 16-1-2019

We have started to clear the site at the A339/Cheap Street junction so that the carriageway can be widened on the corner. Towards the end of this week we have had a lane closed in each direction but there has been minimal effect on the flow of traffic.

Next week we will continue with the site clearance and excavate the line of the new kerbs.

The footway alongside the A339 between Cheap Street and Sainsbury's roundabout is temporarily closed and will not reopen until this phase of the project is complete. Pedestrians are therefore diverted along Cheap Street and Kings Road West.

Start of works

Written on: 9-1-2019

So far this week, our contractors have set up the work site with temporary signs and have started some minor excavation near the A339/Cheap Street junction. We have not needed to use extensive lane closures yet, but as the pace of work gradually picks up it will become necessary to close a lane in each direction between Sainsbury's roundabout and the railway bridge.

Before Works Start

Written on: 19-12-2018

Our contractors, Colas Ltd, are preparing to start work on 7 January 2019 and have started setting up their site offices. Once work has started, this page will be updated weekly. You can also follow the progress of the project on our Twitter feed.