Newbury Weekly News

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Newbury Weekly News

Traffic warning as M4 is set to shut again

planned for tomorrow (Friday) to Monday; from December 15 to 18; from January 12 to 15 next year and from January 19 to 22 next year. A clearly-signed diversion will be in place via the A4 through Newbury, Thatcham and Wool- hampton. At the same time it will be neces- sary to close the roads underneath the M4 bridges as follows – the B4009 to the north of Hermitage; Brocks Lane, Frilsham, to the south of Everington Lane; and the road from Yattendon to Frilsham. Traffic from the B4009 will be diverted to the A34. Diversions for the other road will be through Yattendon. for the Thames Valley Hugh Jaeger said the rise couldmean somemay not be able to afford their commute into work. He said: “I’m concerned that people are being priced of the rail- way. “Passenger numbers have grown at pretty much every station on the Kennet Valley line. “But there’s been a shift in growth in passengers to the west away from London. “They just can’t afford to live where they work, so behind the figures of growing passengers, there’s this social exclusion forc- ing people further out.” Meanwhile, the Department for Transport has opened a public consultation to allow passengers to have their say on the future of the GWR franchise. It has been proposed that the rail operator is split into two (or more) smaller franchises to offer a more locally adaptable service.

TRAFFIC delays are expected this weekend as the M4 will be closed in both directions for what Highways England describes as “essential bridge maintenance” . The repairs will take place at three bridges that carry the M4 over the B4009 at Hampstead Norreys Road, Brocks Lane and Burnt Hill Road near Hermitage. This work will involve road resurfacing, replacing the central reservation deck beams, bridge joints and sections of safety barrier. During works to demolish and install the large bridge deck beams, the M4 will be shut between junctions 12 and 13 on selected weekends, from 9pm Friday through to 5am Monday. These closures are currently THE cost of a yearly season ticket from Newbury to London Paddington will increase by £168 – from £4,676 to £4,844 – as of January 2. The 3.6-per-cent increase for regulated fares is higher than the national average at 3.4 per cent. Fares for all journeys in 2018 were published earlier this week, showing an average rise slightly below the 3.6 per cent set by the Government in August for regu- lated fares, which include season tickets and long-distance, off-peak standard returns. Train companies justified the hike by pointing to improvements to the service, such as the electrifi- cation of the railway and the new Intercity Express Programme (IEP). The rail delivery group, which acts on behalf of train companies, also pointed out that more than 97 per cent of money from fares goes back into improving and running the railway. However, former train driver and independent rail commentator

Enquiries can be made by tele- phone to Highways England on 0300 123 5000. 3.6-per-cent hike in rail fares

All packed up and ready to go Volunteers prepare par cels to spread a bit of festive cheer The 1st Newbury Cubs (blue and white) and Wsh Common Cubs (red) joined for c s t help with the packing

Report by JO FULKER email jo.fulker@newburynews.co.uk

CHRISTMAS is fast approaching – and what better way to spread a bit of festive cheer than by helping those in the local community? On Sunday, more than 80 small Santas from local Cub groups helped to pack nearly 2,000 food parcels for the Newbury Weekly News Over-80s Parcel Fund. They were aided by some adult Santas from Sainsbury’s Newbury, Vodafone and business networking group BNI Jack O’Newbury chapter. The mayor and mayoress of Newbury, David Fenn and Marion Fenn, also lent a hand. Each parcel this year contains a main meal, a Christmas pudding, plus an after- noon tea, with some special Christmas treats that can be enjoyed during the festive period. The NWN Over-80s Parcel Fund would like to thank the PR Ambassador at Sains- bury’s, Carol Irwin, who ordered the food for the parcels, and Paul Jackson, for organis- ing all the little Santas from the 1st Newbury, 3rd Newbury, 4th Newbury, Wash

The move could also allow more competition on some routes according to the proposals. Warning after bungalow fire FIREFIGHTERS were called to a house blaze in Oxford Road, Chieveley, on Monda y evening. The blaze had spread to the roof of the bungalow by the time they arrived at 10.55pm. Two Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service crews from Newbury Fire Station and one from Hungerford and Whitley A spokesman from the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Can we remind people of the impor tance of smoke alarms as they can detect fire early.” Free parking for festive shoppers Retailers taking part in the special festive promotion will be open until the later time of 8pm. Parking will be free at the car parks mentioned above from 5pm on Thursday, December 14, until 8am on Friday, December 15. Boy arrested over paint attack Wood Fire Stations were sent to the scene. They were there for around two-and-a-half hours . Nobody was injured in the fire. SHOPPERS will be able to take advantage of free parking in certain car parks in Newbury next Thursday evening. West Berkshire Council is supporting Newbury BID’s late night Extravaganza by offering complimentary parking in the Kennet Centre and Northbrook multi-storey car parks on Decem- ber 14.

Volunteers bag up the par cels at Sainsbury’s Newbury

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Common and Greenham Cub groups. In total, 1,965 parcels were packed and are ready to be distributed tomorrow (Friday) and on Saturday by a team of volunteer deliv- ery Santas.

If you are over the age of 80 and are on the distribution list, make sure you look out for the very kind deliverers who are volunteer- ing their time to ensure you all have a very merry Christmas.

John’s Road, Newbury, on Friday, October 27. The teenager was arrested on November 1 and has been released under investigation, Thames Valley Police confirmed this week.

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy has been arrested in connection with a paint attack on two vulnerable adults and their carers. The group were left covered in paint following the incident in St

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The 4th Newbury Cubs worked hard to pack the Over-80s par cels

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