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A329 London Road improvements

Latest update - 31 January 2018

Martins Heron roundabout

Off peak works continue on phase 1. We are removing the roundabout's central island and replacing it with a road surface.

The recent wet weather conditions have slowed down progress due to localised ponding within the works.

The removal of the final few trees has now finished - before the bird nesting season.

London Road junction with Priory Road

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen difficulties within the excavations, the works will not be completed in the original programme of 5 weeks. It is now expected that the works will take up to 6 weeks. All contractors are taking every step possible to get the works completed as soon as possible.

Cadent Gas have completed their works and the associated temporary traffic signals have been removed.

2-way traffic flows have been reinstated and a temporary pedestrian crossing has been introduced to assist while the main signals are being upgraded.

Works to replace the existing traffic signal equipment at the junction continue.

In early January 2018 the next and most challenging phase of the A329 London Road highway improvement scheme will start construction.

Building on the recent work adjacent to the License Victuallers' School, the next stage will see the conversion of the Martins Heron roundabout to a traffic light controlled crossroads, alongside upgrades of the Priory Road and Fernbank Road traffic lights.

The overall scheme is jointly funded with the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership and will help the borough’s transport network deal with planned and future growth expected in the region.

Work completed so far

Between April and September 2017 the council delivered the first phase of the A329 London Road improvement scheme.

An improvement to the Licensed Victuallers' School access has been completed and will assist vehicles to enter and exit the school more efficiently which will help prevent a queue building up through the school drop-off and pick up areas. This queue can at times create congestion on the A329 London Road.

Widening the A329 London Road to the east of the Fernbank Road junction has provided longer and wider approach lanes into the traffic signalised junction heading towards Bracknell. This improvement now enables 2 lanes of vehicles to approach the traffic signals comfortably, without the need for larger vehicles to encroach into a second lane. These efficiencies improve the overall capacity of the junction.

What will be taking place next?

From January 2018, 3 further elements of the overall A329 London Road scheme will be implemented. This will complete the highway improvements on this part of the A329 corridor. The second phase consists of:

London Road/Martins Heron junction traffic signalisation

Much like the previous works at the Coral Reef junction, the existing roundabout will be replaced with a signalised crossroads junction.

London Road/Priory Road traffic signals

These will be refurbished to incorporate the latest technology.

London Road/Fernbank Road traffic signals

These will also be refurbished to incorporate the latest technology.

Programme of works

You can view the full plan on our A329 London Road programme of works page.

Why is the work taking place?

There is a plan for growth in the borough which started in 2006 and runs to 2026. This includes building new homes as well as regenerating the town centre.

As vehicle numbers increase along the A329 London Road, the existing road layout will continue to struggle to cope with the demand. By making these changes we will be in a better position to manage traffic flow and journey times along this main route in the borough.

Growth is dependent on the provision of necessary infrastructure including capacity improvements to many of the junctions along Bracknell's strategic corridors including the A329.

To support this, a transport study was carried out to identify the extent of improvements needed. The study highlighted a number of roads and junctions that would require improvement against the predicted traffic growth in 2026. This included the London Road (A329) as one of these roads and, in particular, the Martins Heron roundabout as one of these junctions.

How is the work being funded?

Working with the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership we have been able to include the London Road corridor as part of the Thames Valley Strategic Economic Plan, which listed improving movement between the M3 and M4 as one of its objectives.

As a result, Bracknell was awarded £2.9 million funding towards improvements to the A329 London Road including the signalisation of the Martins Heron roundabout. This funding was awarded as part of the government’s Local Growth Fund, which is aimed at creating economic growth such as unlocking housing and commercial development.

Where can I find more information?

You can view estimated start and duration dates on our programme of works page.

You can also keep up to date with what's happening via the local media and on the council's Facebook and Twitter.

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