ROADWORKS which are due to last until early Spring 2022 will begin next month.

Work on improvements along the A339 between the Pinchington Lane Roundabout in Newbury and the entrance to the Household Waste Recycling Centre will start on Monday, October 5.

VolkerHighways has been contracted to carry out the works.

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West Berkshire Council said the A339 will be widened on both sides to make room for two lanes in both directions and a new traffic light controlled junction installed.

The new junction will connect the A339 to a link road to the new Highwood Copse Primary School and will include a pedestrian crossing to allow users to safely cross the A339.

The project, which is part funded by Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Deal Funding, also includes relocation of underground pipes and cables on both sides of the A339, significant surface water drainage works and footway construction.

Richard Somner, West Berkshire’s Executive Member for Transport and Countryside, said: “This project will offer long term benefits by providing necessary infrastructure.

"Initially, the new junction will serve Highwood Copse and is a planning condition for the school.

"In addition, it also has the potential to provide essential access to housing in the future."

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Bob Mountain, Co-Chairman for the Berkshire Strategic Transport Forum, added: “We are pleased to see Growth Deal Funding contributing to important infrastructure to help make progress around the priorities of housing delivery and supporting the local economy.

"We also really welcome this project supporting access to a new education provision.”

Works are due to start on October 5, 2020, and last until early Spring 2022.

Once the work is underway, weekly progress updates will be posted on the project blog at

Please contact Network Improvements team by tel. 01635 551111 or email with any questions, comments or for further information.