Works starts to halt floods at Bruce Street Bridges
WORK will begin next week on a major project to deal with persistent flooding sewers at one the town’s worst hotspots.
Around 20 homes and businesses in this area suffer from surface water and sewer flooding during heavy rain and it is hoped the work will help.
When it is completed Swindon Council will then begin major works on the Bruce Street Bridges roundabout to turn it from four roundabouts into a single junction.
The council plan, which aims to ease congestion, will cost more than £2m, supplied from government funds and money from developers through section 106.
Mark Taylor, head of programme delivery for Thames Water, said: “Anyone who has driven around Bruce Street Bridges during a downpour will know how quickly that area collects water.
“This is a mixture of rainwater and sewage and it doesn’t just slow down traffic on the Great Western Way, it floods homes, gardens and businesses causing misery.”
The water company will install larger sewer pipes in Ferndale Road and Cheney Manor, and lay another pipe through the B&Q car park to increase the amount of waste water the network can handle.
A new sewage pumping station will go on the corner of the Cheney Manor Industrial Estate and Rodbourne Road to help pump the water away to the nearby sewage works in Barnfield Road.
Work will begin on Monday in the B&Q car park as well as an adjacent cycle path.
A spokesman for the DIY company said: “The B&Q Swindon store is working closely with the council and Thames Water to ensure the pipeworks build is completed with minimum disruption to our customers.
“The store will be open as normal. An area of the car park will be fenced off for safety reasons and additional car parking is being provided adjacent to the building for the duration of the project.
“The council have also committed to maintaining all access routes into the store.”
The initial stage of the work is not expected to have any significant impact on the Great Western Way but a temporary crossing will be put in to allow cyclists to cross safely.It will be near Barnfield Roundabout on Great Western Way for the duration of the works The council received news it had been awarded money in June to turn the four roundabouts at Bruce Street Bridges into a single one.
The work is part of Swindon Council’s estimated £10.7m scheme to remodel four roundabouts on Great Western Way over a four-year period to reduce congestion and boost the local economy. The other roundabouts included in the plans are Transfer Bridges, North Star and Cockleberry.
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