West Berkshire’s roads could get £38.2m investment over the next five years

West Berkshire Council is planning a significant investment in its infrastructure with a roads budget strategy going before its executive committee for approval today.

Projects such as network capacity improvements at the Robin Hood roundabout in Newbury will get £1.5m, and the Kings Road link road another £1m.

Money from from local developers, as part of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) – will pay for improvements and a signals upgrade at the A4/Faraday Road junction. Elsewhere, junction improvements are also scheduled to cost £440,000 and a further £500,000 is to be spent on intelligent traffic signs.

And a five-year modernisation of the council’s traffic signals will cost £750,000.

Villages hoping for speed restrictions have been allocated £30,000 a year for five years to assess and implement speed limits resulting from the speed limit review process.

And £75,000 a year goes to road safety improvements as a result of accident investigations, reports Newbury Today.

There are expected to be a lot more street lights – at a spend of £100,000 a year.

But the big spend goes on developing and implementing active travel solutions, such as cycle paths, costing £3.5m over five years – with £69,000 allocated to improving pedestrian routes and £83,000 to improve existing cycle routes.

The council also wants to spend £1.5m to plan and deliver infrastructure for zero emission vehicles hoping to allocate 20 per cent of their parking spaces, including on-street, to be converted to electric vehicle charge points by 2025.

Footpath improvements on the main A338 and A4 approaches to Hungerford get £200,000 and repair and reconstruction of footpaths at Aldermaston gets £244,000.

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