Motorists faced with town centre tailbacks as roadworks get underway

Motorists faced disruption this morning (Monday) as a series of major town centre road improvements got underway.

Lane closures are in place in both Broadway and the A308 Frascati Way from February 25 for eight weeks, causing rush-hour tailbacks backing onto Marlow Road and Bad Godesberg Way.

The Royal Borough is converting Broadway to allow two-way traffic, meaning drivers will be able to turn right out of the Nicholsons car park and onto Frascati Way.

On social media this afternoon, council leader Simon Dudley (Con, Riverside) referenced the queues seen this morning, saying ‘clearly there is more we can do’.

“Improvements come with some inconvenience but we can always improve things,” he added.

The improvement scheme is part of a wider £4.5 million town centre road network upgrade, which will also see lane closures in Grenfell Road, Queen Street and King Street later in the year.

Update 16:26:

The council has announced it will be manually controlling the traffic lights during busy periods as part of the Frascati Way and Broadway works.

Teams will also be working longer hours one day a week - 'an extend day'- as well as weekends to speed up the process.

A spokeswoman from the Royal Borough said: “To reduce the disruption experienced earlier today the traffic lights will be manually controlled during peak traffic periods to keep vehicles flowing evenly through the area.

"The team will also be working an extend day during the week and works will take place over weekends to enable the scheme to be completed more quickly. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused. “ 

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