Major upgrade of roads set to start
WORK is set to start next month on a major multi-million pound project to upgrade one of the town’s main junctions.
The Bruce Street Bridges, in Rodbourne Cheney, are a regular source of congestion but the four-roundabout junction is set to be converted into single one.
As well as easing congestion in the area it is hoped flooding issues, a regular problem in the area, will also be fixed.
The work forms part of the Great Western Way Highway Improvement Scheme which will see work on the road from Bruce Street Bridges up to the Transfer Bridges and aims to reduce congestion.
The first phase starts on September 22 and will see the replacement of the four mini-roundabouts at the Bruce Street Bridges with a more efficient single roundabout.
It will also see the introduction of a traffic signal-controlled junction at Newcome Drive to improve access into the Hawksworth Industrial Estate from Great Western Way.
In November, work will begin to install extra drainage pipes in nine roads and streets across the Cheney Manor area to reduce the risk of flooding to the highway, properties and businesses.
The works are expected to cost around £8 million and will be funded partly by cash from the Department of Transport.
The rest of the money is coming from Section 106 funds, which are given by developers when they build in the area.
Coun Dale Heenan, (Con, Covingham and Dorcan), the cabinet member for highways, strategic planning, sustainability and transport, said: “To keep Swindon moving we must do this work, and the council has been very open that there will be disruption, which cannot be avoided.
“Everyone who uses these roads at rush hour knows that that these changes are needed and must happen. The only alternative is to leave the roads as they are and do nothing, which simply isn’t realistic. This work is essential to deliver a transport system that keeps pace with Swindon’s current road needs and future growth.”
Thousands of leaflets are now being delivered to local residents and businesses in the surrounding area to warn them of the inevitable disruption.
Road signs have also gone up along the affected routes but it is anticipated there will be disruption.
However, council workers have said the work is being done in different sections so any traffic problems will be minimal while making sure work progresses at an efficient rate.
More information, updates about the scheme and contact details for those managing the project can be found at www.swindon.gov.uk/gww.