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 3 -  June to October 2019

Closure of Bear Lane exit from the A339 "Sainsbury's" roundabout and improve traffic flow and capacity of the roundabout by increasing lane widths and upgrading the old life-expired traffic signals. During construction the roundabout will operate by a system of temporary traffic lights and temporary "Give Way" markings. There will also be off-peak lane closures and temporary signals on Bear Lane. Pedestrians will have to use the subway as a diversion whilst the at-grade signalised crossings are installed.

The resurfacing will take place under a series of night road closures.

For previous phases, please see the pdf icon list of Frequently Asked Questions [355kb].

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

End of Week 38 - Friday 04 October 2019

Written on: 7-10-2019

This week the Contractor completed the civils for the scheme. The footway surfacing was completed on Bear Lane and Wharf Road and remaining signs, posts and lighting units were fitted.

Installation of the new traffic lights continues as the electrical engineers work towards the signal commissioning date. 

The majority of temporary traffic management has now been removed and the site has been tidied, swept and cleared. The temporary Give Way signs will remain until the permanent signals are switch on. Similarly the pedestrian barriers will remain in place until the signalised crossings have been tested and are commissioned, until then pedestrians will continue to use the subways.

Other works are as follows;

  • Continuation of Traffic Light installation

  • Demobilise site compound at Faraday Road


End of Week 37 - Friday 27 September 2019

Written on: 27-9-2019

Throughout this week the Contractor has worked both days and nights in order to complete some of the final elements of the scheme. 

During the day, the new footway surfacing has been laid on three of the new central islands opposite Sainsbury's and on the A339. Work has also continued to prepare further footways around the scheme in order for the surfacing to be undertaken early next week. All of the construction elements should be completed by the middle of next week which will leave only the installation of the new signals continuing in to October. 

A number of new permanent directional signs have also been installed on all approaches to the roundabout. These accurately show and direct users to their desired location following the alterations at the roundabout. 

All of the new signal poles (except one) and cabling have now been installed and testing continues off site to the signals cabinets which contain the components that operate the traffic signals. 

Every night this week the Contractor has installed the new traffic loops within the carriageway on all approaches and within the roundabout itself. These loops will provide vital information and data to the new signals so as they can run efficiently to reduce delay through the roundabout. New road studs have also been installed between the southbound and northbound carriageways on the approach to the new A339/Cheap Street junction. The road closures also gave WBC the opportunity to fix two street lights around the junction which had previously failed. 

week 37
week 37

Next week a number of barriers, cones and temporary signs will start to be taken away and the area will be clearer as a result. Other works are as follows;

  • Continue to install the new traffic signals.
  • Finish the remaining areas of new footway surfacing within Bear Lane adjacent to the BT building and KFC.
  • Install the remaining permanent signs and lighting units.  

 

 

 

 


End of Week 35 - Friday 13 September 2019

Written on: 13-9-2019

This week the Contractor has been installing the pedestrian guardrail on the traffic islands and footways around the roundabout. All of the signal poles are now in place and are in the process of being dressed by the Traffic Signal Engineers. 

Temporary traffic signals are still in place whilst the permanent signal equipment is being installed so for a few more weeks the roundabout will continue to operate under a combination of temporary lights and Give Way markings. pdf icon View a diagram of the two phases of the temporary signals arrangement [172kb] .  

Below is the works forecast for the week commencing Monday 16 September 2019, to be carried out during the daytime: 

  • Prepare footway and traffic islands for tarmac
  • Lamp column removal and relocation on Bear Lane
  • Electrical connections and lantern installation
  • Continue with traffic light installation
  • Feeder pillar installation Island E
  • BT new phoneline connection
  • Expose electrical cables in Cheap Street at the old crossing points feeder pillars

Next week there will also be work taking place at night to resurface the roundabout and roads in the vicinity. The road will have to be closed at the locations and between the dates/times shown in the table below. Access to residential properties and businesses adjacent to the works will be permitted at all times but please be aware there may be periods where access is delayed during certain site activities.

DatesTimesAreaWorks ActivitiesDrawing Ref
Sun 15th Sept 201916:45 - 06:00Kings Road Westbound - Access will be maintained for residents from Bear Lane Roundabout but the westbound carriageway between Sainsbury's and Bear Lane Roundabout will be fully closed. Therefore, Kings Road between Sainsbury's and Boundary Road will temporarily allow vehicles to travel in both directions. Areas of parking along this section of Kings Road will be suspended to allow two way travel. Colas staff will be present to assist vehicles where required.Plane off, surface and lining

pdf icon Kings Road and A339 Southbound Diversion Route [1Mb]

19:30 - 06:00A339 Southbound - Closed southbound between Robin Hood Roundabout and the St John's Roundabout. Access maintained to Mill Lane and Kings Road.Plane off, surface and lining
Mon 16th  Sept 201919:30 - 06:00A339 Northbound & Bear Lane - Exiting The Wharf car parks and area after 19:30 will be via Wharf Street and Market Place. A339 closed northbound between St John's Roundabout and Robin Hood Roundabout. (*)Plane off existing surfacepdf icon A339 Northbound Diversion Route [1Mb]​​​​​​​
Tues  17th  Sept 201919:30 - 06:00A339 Northbound & Bear Lane - Exiting The Wharf car parks and area after 19:30 will be via Wharf Street and Market Place. A339 closed northbound between St John's Roundabout and Robin Hood Roundabout. (*)Surfacing and lining pdf icon A339 Northbound Diversion Route [1Mb]
Weds 18th  Sept 201919:30 - 06:00A339 Northbound - A339 closed northbound between St John's Roundabout and Robin Hood Roundabout. (*)Surfacing and liningpdf icon A339 Northbound Diversion Route [1Mb]
Thurs 19th  Sept 201919:30 - 06:00A339 Southbound & Mill Lane/Kings Road Eastbound - Closed southbound between Robin Hood Roundabout and the St John's Roundabout. Access maintained but there may be delays whilst certain activities are carried out on site. Plane off, surface and liningpdf icon A339 Southbound Diversion Route [1Mb]
Fri 20th  Sept 201919:30 - 06:00A339 Southbound - Closed southbound between Robin Hood Roundabout and the St John's Roundabout. Access maintained to Mill Lane and Kings Road. (*)Lining works & contingency pdf icon A339 Southbound Diversion Route [1Mb]

(*) Access to the train station will be maintained at all times.

 Please see apdf icon plan showing the extents of the surfacing [774kb] and more information in the pdf icon Letter sent to residents [227kb].

The nature of these works will mean that the road will have to be closed at the locations and between the dates/times shown in the table above. This is to ensure the safety of both the contractor's operatives undertaking the works and the general public still using the highway network. Access to residential properties and businesses adjacent to the works will be permitted at all times but there may be periods where access is delayed whilst certain site activities are being undertaken.


End of Week 34 - Friday 06 September 2019

Written on: 10-9-2019

The Contractor is continuing with the installation of the new permanent traffic signals on Bear Lane A339 "Sainsbury's" roundabout. The signal poles are up and cables are being pulled between the chambers and connected to the controllers and signal poles.

The civils work is progressing well with tactile paving now laid in the crossing areas on A339 northbound footway and within the traffic islands in the vicinity of the roundabout. The majority of sockets, posts, ducts, electrical feeder pillars and cabinets are all in place ready for the traffic light installation. The new gullies and drainage have been completed outside KFC on Bear Lane and are now connected into the existing surface water carrier drain.

Meanwhile the roundabout continues to operate under a combination of temporary traffic lights and Give Way markings. pdf icon View a diagram of the two phases of the temporary signals arrangement [172kb] .  Pedestrians must continue to use the subway whilst the new signalised crossings are being installed.

Below is the works forecast for the week commencing Monday 9 September 2019:

  • Pedestrian guard rail installation on Bear Lane and traffic islands
  • Remaining NAL sockets to be installed on Mill Lane and Kings Road
  • Traffic signal installation
  • Bear Lane block paving

The following week the surfacing contractor will return to surface the roundabout, A339, Bear Lane and sections of Kings Road and Mill Lane.  Works will commence on Sunday 15 September 2019 and will take place overnight under road closures. Please see plans for the surfacing extents and diversion routes below:

More information can be found in the pdf icon Letter to Residents - Phase 3 Resurfacing [227kb] . 

The nature of these works will mean that the road will have to be closed at the locations and between the dates/times shown in the table above. This is to ensure the safety of both the contractor's operatives undertaking the works and the general public still using the highway network. Access to residential properties and businesses adjacent to the works will be permitted at all times but there may be periods where access is delayed whilst certain site activities are being undertaken.


End of Week 33 - Friday 30 August 2019

Written on: 4-9-2019

The A339 "Sainsbury's" roundabout continues to operate under a combination of temporary traffic lights and Give Way markings. pdf icon View a diagram of the two phases of the temporary signals arrangement [172kb] . Unfortunately the temporary layout is inevitably causing slightly longer delays for traffic but this is unavoidable due to the sensitive location of the roadworks and necessity to upgrade the old life-expired traffic signals. The contractor is setting up the new system of permanent traffic lights as quickly as possible working towards the commissioning date. Cabling works are underway and electrical engineers are on site wiring up the cabinets, posts, signal heads and loop boxes.

Meanwhile civils works for the new crossings are ongoing with kerbs, tactiles, new footway construction and drainage installed in locations at Bear Lane, A339 Northbound footway and within the traffic islands.

Below is the works forecast for the week commencing Monday 2 September 2019:

  • A339 Northbound footway tactile paving and new footway construction

  • Bear lane outside of KFC tactiles/gully and drainage

  • Work to central traffic island outside Sainsbury's crossing with new ducting/NAL sockets, tactiles and surfacing

  • Replace Pedestrian Guardrail on A339

  • Continue with traffic light installation

Separate to this project the redevelopment on Market Street continues to have temporary signals outside the old bus station in operation for the next few weeks. Unfortunately due to the sensitive location the temporary signals are expected to cause some disruption but the lights are required for the safety of the construction site.