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A34/M4 Junction 13 Closures

A34/M4 Junction 13 Chieveley (West Berkshire) – Surface Reconstruction

Starting in June, work will be taking place to remove and replace the road surface and its foundations, and renew the road markings around the entire A34/M4 junction 13 roundabout at Chieveley.

Highways England are led by the safety of road users and their workers when planning the roadworks. As this section of road is busy and to allow time for materials to harden, they will be closing the entire roundabout at the junction on the following times and dates:

  • 10pm on Friday 7 June through to 6am on Monday 10 June
  • 10pm on Friday 14 June through to 6am on Monday 17 June
  • 10pm on Friday 21 June through to 6am on Monday 24 June
  • 10pm on Friday 28 June through to 6am on Monday 1 July
  • 10pm on Friday 5 July through to 6am on Monday 8 July
  • 10pm on Friday 12 July through to 6am on Monday 15 July
  • 10pm on Friday 26 July through to 6am on Monday 29 July (Contingency weekend subject to change)

Significant delays are expected during these weekend closures. You are advised to plan ahead of your journey and allow extra time or avoid this route if possible.

When the roundabout is closed signed diversions will be in place which primarily go via the A4 between junction 12 (Theale) and junction 14 (Shefford Woodlands).

A34 traffic will need to exit at Speen then head towards Hungerford for the M4 westbound carriageway, or towards Theale for the M4 eastbound carriageway.

M4 westbound traffic wishing to access the A34 is advised to exit at junction 12 and travel west along the A4; and M4 eastbound traffic wishing to access the A34 is advised to exit and junction 14 and travel east along the A4.

Local traffic wishing to access the A34 southbound carriageway or M4 from Graces Lane (Chieveley) will be diverted along the B4009 from Hermitage to Newbury, west along the A4 to Speen then either onto the A34 or along the A4 to Hungerford, then north on the A338 to join the M4 at junction 14.

When the roundabout is closed access to the Moto Service Area and Hilton Hotel will be maintained from the A34 northbound carriageway only.

These works are subject to change if weather is bad or due to unforeseen circumstances.

Highways England apologise for any inconvenience or disruption caused during the work. If you have any questions, or if you’d like to know about their work please contact them on 0300 123 5000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Road closures - June 2019

The following roads will be closed, as detailed for fibre optic cable works by Gigaclear.


  1. Carbinswood Lane from 11th to 12th June inclusive.  Length from Hatch Lane to New Road Hill. Diversion via Broad Lane and Hatch lane. The closure can be viewed under the following link Carbinswood Lane.


  1. Tylers Lane from 13th to 26th June inclusive. Whole length.  Diversion via Burdens Heath, Broad Lane and Pease Hill. Closure can be viewed under the following link  Tylers Lane.


  1. Unamed road from Burntbush Lane to Manor Farm Road. From 27th to 29th June inclusive.  Length from Briff lane to a point 250 metres to the east. Diversion via Briff Lane, Broad Lane and Pease Hill. Closure can be viewed under Burntbush Lane to Manor Farm Road.

Enquires should be addressed to Gigaclear on 07866 126020.


Blacklands Copse woodland management 2018 programme

Work has begun on the 2018 Blacklands Copse harvesting programme and is due to be complete by late September 2018.

The harvester will be thinning Cpt. 8c, 8e, 9b, 10a (see map).

Please do not walk in these areas and in in the loading bay during the work period. Please take notice of (conform with) all warning & instructional signs, as Health and Safety is of paramount importance.

If you have any questions please contact

Ralph Gascoigne BSc (Hons)

Wessex Woodland Management Ltd

01488 685 007 or 07818 417 824