West Berkshire Council

A4 Hambridge Road and Lower Way Improvements

This scheme involves highway improvements within the area of the A4 between Dorneywood Way and Rooke's Way (exit road from the hospital) whilst also including changes to sections of Hambridge Road and Lower Way.

Both signalised junctions on the A4 with Hambridge Road and Lower Way have been redesigned and all the existing infrastructure will be replaced and upgraded. There will also be widening works undertaking within Hambridge Road to construct and additional left turn lane between the A4 and Two Rivers Way.

Works are due to start on 6 January 2020 and last until Summer 2020.

A drawing showing the new road layout can be viewed below:

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

An image of Hambridge Road in Thatcham

Upcoming overnight and day road closures

Written on: 17-2-2020

Night road closures - 2 and 3 March

Further to the recent overnight closures of the A4 in late January, our contractor Volker Highways, will again be closing a section of the A4, this time to remove the existing traffic signals equipment at the junction of A4/Lower Way/West Berkshire Hospital. Once the existing signals are removed a temporary traffic signal system will be in place to replicate the existing system. The temporary signals will remain in place for a few weeks whilst works to prepare and install the new permanent signals are completed.

Therefore on the 2 and 3 March 2020 the A4 will be closed overnight between B&Q roundabout and Turnpike Road roundabout (near Thatcham Garden Centre). This also means that access from the A4 to Hambridge Road and its adjoining roads, as well as Dorneywood Way, Fir Tree Lane and Lower Way will be affected. The closure will be in place on both nights starting at 7pm and permitted until 5am.

If you are a business accessed from the A4 and expect deliveries between the times and dates listed above, you will be allowed access via Hambridge Road but only to and from the Newbury direction. Access to residential dwellings within the closure area along the A4, Hambridge Road and Lower Way will be permitted at all times but there may be periods where access is delayed whilst certain site activities are being undertaken. For those dwellings outside the closure area and have alternative access other than via the A4, you are advised to use the alternative access to your dwelling during the closure period/s.

In order to utilise the road closure, we will also undertake surface water drainage cleansing along a section of the A4 adjacent to Newbury Manor Hotel. Therefore access to Dorneywood Way from the A4 will be closed and residents must use the alternative access via Gaywood Drive during the closure period.

A plan of the closure and diversion route is pdf icon available to view online [835kb].

 

Day road closures - 4 to 9 March 2020 (excluding Sunday 8) 

Volker Highways will also soon be starting improvement works at the junction of A4/Lower Way/West Berkshire Hospital. As part of these works the current central islands within Lower Way will be removed and replaced with smaller islands. As a result the pedestrian crossing will now be one phase across Lower Way instead of having to wait within the island.  

In order to safely undertake certain aspects of the works described above and to protect both the public and contractor, a road closure is required. The closure reduces both the construction time and disruption at this location.

Therefore between the 4 and 9 March 2020 (excluding Sunday 8) Lower Way will be closed between the A4 and Pound Lane. Closure times may vary from day-to-day but the permitted closure period will be between 7am and 7pm each day.

Access to residential dwellings within the closure area will be permitted at all times but there may be periods where access is delayed whilst certain site activities are being undertaken. However, access will be via Pound Lane only and not the A4. 

A plan of the closure and diversion route is pdf icon available to view online [593kb].

Works will continue at this junction after the 9 March on the A4 and Hospital areas of the junction at which point lane closures will be in place along the A4 between 9:30am to 3:30pm.

Please accept our apologies in advance for any inconvenience that may be caused by these works. Should you have any queries about the scheme then please contact the Customer Services Team on 01635 519080 or email Network Improvements Team.

 


End of Week 6 - 14 February 2020

Written on: 17-2-2020

Improvement works at the A4/Hambridge Road junction are beginning to take shape with the main civils works due to be completed in the next two weeks, subject to anything unforeseen arising. Siemens will then attend site to install the new permanent traffic signals at this junction.

This week has seen the continuation of new traffic signal duct laying throughout the west side of the junction as well as new sockets and chambers. A new duct is also being laid adjacent to the A4 from Fir Tree Lane toward Newbury. Footways within the islands have been brought up to binder course level and new tactile paving has been laid throughout. The old traffic signal controllers have been removed in preparation for new controllers.

Activities next week will include:

  • installation of further ducting, chambers and other equipment associated with the new traffic signals

 

Hambridge 6 1
Hambridge 6 1
  Hambridge 6 2
Hambridge 6 2

 


End of Week 5 - 7 February 2020

Written on: 10-2-2020

This week the contractor has continued to install new traffic signal ducting, chambers and pole retention sockets throughout various islands at A4/Hambridge Road junction. A number of the islands have also seen the installation of new tactile paving and the new footway being brought up to binder course level. A surface course will be laid once a clear route for pedestrians/cyclists is re-established. 

A short section of footway adjacent to the left turn lane in to Hambridge Road from the A4 has been resurfaced following kerbing and drainage works earlier in the week. 

Activities next week will include:

  • installation of further ducting, chambers and other equipment associated with the new traffic signals
  • reinstating central islands to binder course level and reopen when appropriate
  • proving existing ducting adjacent to the A4

 

Hambridge 5 1
Hambridge 5 1
  Hambridge 5 2
Hambridge 5 2

 


End of Week 4 - 31 January 2020

Written on: 31-1-2020

It has been a busy week on site with a lot of activities taking place both during the day and at night. The south west island has been closed and the contractor has laid lengths of new traffic signal ducting, chambers and retention sockets throughout. The entire surface of the island has also been removed with new tactile paving and edgings being laid.  The new kerb line from the A4 in to Hambridge Road has also been constructed as well as carriageway loop boxes and further traffic signals ducting in this area. Off-peak lane closures have been in place given the contractor the opportunity to install new ducting across a southern section of the A4 and Hambridge Road.

Monday and Tuesday night saw the installation of the Urban64 temporary traffic signals at the A4/Hambridge Road junction. If you travel through the junction you will notice yellow cables and high level poles throughout which run the temporary system. The road closure on Tuesday night also allowed the contractor to remove all the old traffic signal poles and heads from the entire junction.

The night closures this week also gave the our Structures Department sufficient time to replace both the river and canal bridge joints within Hambridge Road. 

Activities next week will include:

  • installation of further ducting, chambers and other equipment associated with the new traffic signals
  • reinstating the south west island to binder course level and reopen
  • drainage works along the A4 (south side)

 

Hambridge WK4 1
Hambridge WK4 1
  Hambridge 4 2
Hambridge 4 2

 


End of Week 3 - 24 January 2020

Written on: 27-1-2020

This week has seen the contractor lay new lengths of traffic signal ducting at the junction across both Hambridge Road and the A4. In order to undertake this work a series of lane closures were in place during off-peak hours.

Work was also undertaken to assess the condition and extent of the existing traffic signals ducting around the junction in preparation for the new signals upgrade.

Next week the contractor will continue to lay new lengths of ducting as well as starting to remove the existing permanent signal equipment. As has previously been mentioned the A4, Hambridge Road and other local roads will be closed on both 27 and 28 January nights from 7pm through until 5am.

On Monday night the contractor will be installing temporary signals equipment that will be in place whilst works continue on the new permanent signals infrastructure. Tuesday night will see the temporary signals switched on as well as the removal of the existing permanent signals equipment. Please see the previous post containing information and plans about the upcoming night closures.