Road Works

Dear Stakeholder,


I am writing to remind you that there will be a full weekend closure of the A34 southbound carriageway between the A4130 Milton Interchange and M4 Junction 13 Interchange from 10pm on Friday 15 November through to 6am on Monday 18 November(maximum of 56 hours).


Work will involve removing the old surfacing, waterproofing and verge materials, then applying the new waterproofing (which must be allowed to cure), the reinstatement of the new verge and the resurfacing of the bridge.


The full weekend closure of the A34 northbound carriageway is still scheduled to take place from 10pm on Friday 22 November through to 6am on Monday 25 November.


Once each of the closures has been implemented, traffic will not be permitted to drive over the bridge through the works area and should follow the following signed routes:


1.      Motorway Permitted Vehicles – For both the north and southbound closures the main strategic diversion route for motorway permitted vehicles will be via the M40, A404/A404(M) and M4 – the distance is 68 miles and the expected travel time will be a minimum of 60 minutes.


This diversion route is in place due to its suitability for all types/sizes of vehicles and where other major roadworks aren’t in place.


1.      Motorway Restricted Vehicles – During the closures, a signed route will be in place between Speen (near Newbury) and Milton (A4130), via Hungerford and Wantage – the distance is 26 miles and the expected travel time will be a minimum of 45 minutes.  Access to local villages can be made from the A338 and manned gates located at the M4 Junction 13 roundabout and A4130 Milton Interchange roundabout.


NOTE: There is a weight limit of 7.5t on the local road between Chieveley and Beedon which is unsuitable for heavy goods vehicles. All HGVs must follow the main diversion route.


Significant delays will be expected during the weekend closure periods, and it is advised that you plan ahead of your journey to allow for extra time or avoid this route where possible.


These works are highly weather dependent and if work is unable to proceed on these dates due to poor weather, the closures will be rescheduled for January/February 2014 so as not to clash with local authority Christmas embargos.


I would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused by the works and the closures.  The planning of all roadworks is led by safety – for both road users and workers, and in this case it was determined that the safest method was to close the A34 at this location and divert traffic onto alternative routes.


Should you require any further information regarding this scheme, please contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000 or email them at (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week).  Alternatively please visit the scheme webpage which will be available at for up-to-date information on the scheme and traffic management arrangements.


Yours faithfully,



Kathryn Blofield

Communications Coordinator, EM Highway Services Ltd

On behalf of the Highways Agency