New £12m road proposed for Eastern Villages to Commonhead
A feasibility study into a new road first proposed by Cllr Dale Heenan and Cllr Richard Hurley in September 2012 has been published by Swindon Borough Council. The feasibility study into a new £12m “Southern Connector” road will take traffic from the future Eastern Villages to Commonhead, bypassing Covingham and Wanborough.
Cllr Dale Heenan, “Swindon Council submitted its Local Plan last summer but time has not stood still. To ensure that developers provide the right infrastructure at the right time, the Council has been doing more work and commissioned a feasibility study into a new road. The Eastern Villages will be built over a period of atleast 15 years and we must get the right legal agreements up front.
The two most important elements for Covingham and Wanborough residents is that the developers will need to pay for the new £12m road themselves, and it will have no access onto Wanborough Road. The traffic from over 3000 houses will not be able to use Merlin Way and other roads in Covingham as a rat run.
However, I am unconvinced by the actual route proposed by this first study and it is clear more work is still required. ”
The Conservatives unanimously voted for the road in a Council debate, but Opposition Councillors abstained including the Labour Councillor for Covingham and Dorcan.