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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

End of March update

Written on: 2-4-2020

As I am sure you can appreciate, recent events have meant that the council has been adopting guidelines as set out by government and therefore changes to reflect guidance have led to various changes in priorities.

However, we can now provide an update as to the works on the A4 at both the Hambridge and Lower Way junctions.

A4/Lower Way Junction

The contractor had continued to work on site and over recent weeks have undertaken various works at the junction of Lower Way. The main body of work is now completed with a new layout at Lower Way and all new traffic signals infrastructure throughout. The temporary signals will remain in place over the next few weeks whilst Siemens undertake the new permanent traffic signal installation.

A4/Hambridge Road Junction

Siemens have been installing the new permanent traffic signals over the past five weeks and today (Thursday 2 April) they will be switched on. Siemens will be on site undertaking the necessary equipment and safety tests all day before the permanent signals become operational. Once the permanent signals are up and running, the temporary signals will be removed overnight. The contractor will then return to complete the final footway surfacing and paving works that were outstanding. WBC will also be installing a new camera atop of the existing large mast in the coming weeks.

Activities next week will include:

A4/Hambridge Road junction

  • Complete all remaining footway and paving works

A4/Lower Way Junction

  • Siemens installing the new permanent traffic signals

     

     

       

       

       


      End of Week: 9 to 6 March 2020

      Written on: 10-3-2020

      Last week was a busy period on site. The end of life, permanent traffic signals and controller cabinets were removed from the A4/Lower Way junction and replaced with a further set of Urban64 temporary signals. During the overnight closure the electrical feeder pillar was replaced with an updated cabinet and configuration.

      The central island within Lower Way has been removed and the new kerbs laid for two new islands. Ducting, chambers and other traffic signals infrastructure has also been laid.

      Siemens continued to install new cables associated with the permanent signals at the A4/Hambridge junction. As with Lower Way, the overnight closure gave us the opportunity to replace both the electrical and communication feeder pillars at this junction. A number of surface water gullies and chambers were cleared overnight along the A4 adjacent to Newbury Manor Hotel. Other drainage works included the pipe replacement of one weir kerb within Hambridge Road that had collapsed.  

      Activities this week will include:

      A4/Hambridge Road junction

      • Siemens continuing to pull cables for the new permanent traffic signals
      • Two further weir kerbs in this area will have the pipe work replaced due to collapses

      A4/Lower Way Junction

      • Installation of ducting, chambers and other equipment associated with the new traffic signals within Lower Way
      • Laying of new kerbs, tactiles and other infrastructure

         

         

           

           

           


          End of Week 8 - 28 February 2020

          Written on: 3-3-2020

          This week the majority of activity has been focused within Fir Tree Lane with the contractor installing new ducting, chambers and loop boxes within both the footway and carriageway whilst encountering challenging conditions. A section of footway south of the junction has been resurfaced and a remaining area of ditch adjacent to Two Rivers Way has been cleared.

          The major work within Hambridge Road is now complete but the contractor will return once the new permanent traffic signals are operational to complete the footway surfacing and other minor outstanding works at this junction.

          Next week work will start at the A4/Lower Way junction with both overnight closures on the A4 and day time closures on a section of Lower Way. .

          Activities next week will include:

          A4/Hambridge Road junction

          • Siemens will start installing the new permanent traffic signals at A4/Hambridge Road junction which is scheduled to take five weeks
          • Installation of both new electrical and communications feeder pillars
          • General tidying up and finalising minor elements

          A4/Lower Way Junction

          • Installation of temporary signals as per the A4/Hambridge Road junction - this will be done overnight
          • Removal of all existing traffic signals
          • Remove the existing central island within Lower Way
          • Installation of ducting, chambers and other equipment associated with the new traffic signals within Lower Way

          Please remember that the A4 will be closed on Monday and Tuesday night and a section of Lower Way closed from Wednesday.

           

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            End of Week 7 - 21 February 2020

            Written on: 24-2-2020

            Works have continued on the footway west of Fir Tree Lane with the laying of new ducts from the junction to outside Gracewell Homes. The contractor encountered numerous areas of previously unknown hard material making the progress slower than anticipated. However all new traffic signal chambers, ducting and loop boxes were installed.

            A number of new reflective bollards have also been installed around the junction as well as further works within the traffic signal controller area.

            Activities next week will include:

            • installation of ducting, chambers and other equipment associated with the new traffic signals along Fir Tree Lane. A lane closure for vehicles travelling south from Gaywood Drive will be in place from Tuesday 25 February until Friday 28 February. 

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            Upcoming overnight and day road closures

            Written on: 17-2-2020

            UPDATE to Lower Way closure period, see below

            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 17 March 2020 (excluding Sunday 8 and 15) 

            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 17 March 2020 (excluding Sunday 8 and 15) 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 also start at this junction 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.