This is not the end of the line, said Swindon MP Robert Buckland

This Is Wiltshire: Aerial view of Thamesdown Drive leading on to Purton Road. Aerial view of Thamesdown Drive leading on to Purton Road.

NO funding has been allocated for the proposed extension to Thamesdown Drive in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.

After a report into the best route for the project, and costings in the region of £50m being anticipated, there were hopes a ruling would be made in the budget announcement made yesterday in the Commons.

And while funding has not been provided for the link road, which would relieve pressure on routes between West and North Swindon, MPs have said they will continue the fight to get the road under construction.

South Swindon MP, Robert Buckland, said more work could be needed to convince the government to release the necessary funds.

“I am still cautiously optimistic that this will go ahead,” he said.

“I do not think the fact we have not had an announcement today means that this is the end of the road. The work goes on to cross the Is and dot the Ts.

“We will continue lobbying very hard to get it through. It will mean stepping up the pressure with more meetings around what needs to be done to get this sorted.

“I will carry on doing that as a matter of urgency to make sure we can get this as soon as possible. We have come a long way in the last few months, and while it would have been good to have a decision today, I understand these processes are not as straightforward as people would like to think.”

An update to the 2008 Halcrow report into the route and costings was completed in November, providing detailed plans and an estimated cost.

“This time last year people were not thinking of it as a reality,” said Mr Buckland. “Although we are all anxious to get it up and running, we should not be too down hearted by the fact that we have not got the funding today.

“This is a project that enjoys cross party support, and having that political will has allowed things to move forward with speed.

“Now it is a question of making sure the scheme fits the right criteria.”

Kevin Fisher, chair of the Shaw Residents Association, said: “This road extension was a requirement simply to cope with the original Northern expansion.

“We are now seeing Ridgeway Farm, Tadpole Farm, Moredon Bridge and quite possibly, at some stage in the future, Pry Farm developments coming on line.

“Government guidelines talk about necessary infrastructure and indeed the recent planning Inspectors review of the draft Swindon Local plan highlighted the gap in funding for infrastructure as a weakness in the plan.

“Yet here we are with an opportunity for government to provide the resources for Swindon to meet the expansion demands put on us by the Secretary of State, and it is not granted. It is time for our MP’s and councillors to send a strong message to the government about the unsustainable development of our borough.”

Coun Keith Williams, cabinet member for highways, strategic transport and leisure, said: “I think we need to wait a little longer. There is further detail coming up from the report we submitted to Whitehall.

“This has been something I am very keen to pursue, and we have received feedback which we now need to draw into our report in order to take this forward.

“I am still optimistic from the feedback we have received so far.”

 

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9:13pm Thu 5 Dec 13

John~R says...

"The work goes on to cross the Is and dot the Ts. "

Which might help explain why the proposal wasn't clear enough to secure funding.

I was bought up to put the dot on the i and the cross on the t.
"The work goes on to cross the Is and dot the Ts. " Which might help explain why the proposal wasn't clear enough to secure funding. I was bought up to put the dot on the i and the cross on the t. John~R

11:57pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Eastern Badger says...

This should be a lesson to all not to allocate further 'infrastructure hungry' housing developments until funding is secured otherwise Swindon will become a poorer place to live but developers and land owners will leave a bit better of but not too worried about the consequences. 2380 homes proposed at Rowborough near South Marston (application in now) which dwarfs small new developments to the West but no money to improve A420 which is already congested! Learn the lesson.
This should be a lesson to all not to allocate further 'infrastructure hungry' housing developments until funding is secured otherwise Swindon will become a poorer place to live but developers and land owners will leave a bit better of but not too worried about the consequences. 2380 homes proposed at Rowborough near South Marston (application in now) which dwarfs small new developments to the West but no money to improve A420 which is already congested! Learn the lesson. Eastern Badger

7:29am Fri 6 Dec 13

GalaxyMan says...

The spaces around us are being eroded at an alarming rate. Quality of life no longer features in decision making. Once this road goes through houses will follow and another open area that walkers, bike riders and wildlife can enjoy will be gone.
I'm pleased they didn't get the funding and I hope they continue to fail in their misguided attempts to destroy our open spaces further still.
The spaces around us are being eroded at an alarming rate. Quality of life no longer features in decision making. Once this road goes through houses will follow and another open area that walkers, bike riders and wildlife can enjoy will be gone. I'm pleased they didn't get the funding and I hope they continue to fail in their misguided attempts to destroy our open spaces further still. GalaxyMan

7:43am Fri 6 Dec 13

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

The council should simply refuse all further North Swindon development and review all the existing. The roads cannot cope now; let alone when all the new developments get built.

It would appear that our MPs and Councillors are deluded in how much influence they have.
The council should simply refuse all further North Swindon development and review all the existing. The roads cannot cope now; let alone when all the new developments get built. It would appear that our MPs and Councillors are deluded in how much influence they have. LordAshOfTheBrake

7:51am Fri 6 Dec 13

Grimwald says...

Robert Buckland and Justin Tomlinson have now lost a significant reason for their re election, I am very surprised they have not been supported in what are a pair of marginal seats
Robert Buckland and Justin Tomlinson have now lost a significant reason for their re election, I am very surprised they have not been supported in what are a pair of marginal seats Grimwald

8:22am Fri 6 Dec 13

StillPav says...

Why not sell the County Ground to fund this new road and a new football stadium between this road and Mead Way?
Why not sell the County Ground to fund this new road and a new football stadium between this road and Mead Way? StillPav

8:40am Fri 6 Dec 13

A.Baron-Cohen says...

Our MPs are useless when it comes to bringing funding and investment to Swindon, maybe Selgrove could secure it from Ed balls, it is worth a shot.
Our MPs are useless when it comes to bringing funding and investment to Swindon, maybe Selgrove could secure it from Ed balls, it is worth a shot. A.Baron-Cohen

9:20am Fri 6 Dec 13

Always Grumpy says...

A.Baron-Cohen wrote:
Our MPs are useless when it comes to bringing funding and investment to Swindon, maybe Selgrove could secure it from Ed balls, it is worth a shot.
You have to be joking!
[quote][p][bold]A.Baron-Cohen[/bold] wrote: Our MPs are useless when it comes to bringing funding and investment to Swindon, maybe Selgrove could secure it from Ed balls, it is worth a shot.[/p][/quote]You have to be joking! Always Grumpy

9:26am Fri 6 Dec 13

A.Baron-Cohen says...

Always Grumpy wrote:
A.Baron-Cohen wrote:
Our MPs are useless when it comes to bringing funding and investment to Swindon, maybe Selgrove could secure it from Ed balls, it is worth a shot.
You have to be joking!
This is not about politics, this is about how hard MPs work for their town.
I would vote for any MP capable to bring jobs, investments in Swindon, be it UKIP, Labour, Libdem, Tories
[quote][p][bold]Always Grumpy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A.Baron-Cohen[/bold] wrote: Our MPs are useless when it comes to bringing funding and investment to Swindon, maybe Selgrove could secure it from Ed balls, it is worth a shot.[/p][/quote]You have to be joking![/p][/quote]This is not about politics, this is about how hard MPs work for their town. I would vote for any MP capable to bring jobs, investments in Swindon, be it UKIP, Labour, Libdem, Tories A.Baron-Cohen

1:37pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Always Grumpy says...

A.Baron-Cohen wrote:
Always Grumpy wrote:
A.Baron-Cohen wrote:
Our MPs are useless when it comes to bringing funding and investment to Swindon, maybe Selgrove could secure it from Ed balls, it is worth a shot.
You have to be joking!
This is not about politics, this is about how hard MPs work for their town.
I would vote for any MP capable to bring jobs, investments in Swindon, be it UKIP, Labour, Libdem, Tories
Like I said, Snelgrove, you have to be joking.
When this odious woman represented Swindon, and I use the term 'represented' loosely, she did nothing for this town and just followed the party line and brown nosed her way around Westminster.
The last Swindon would ever want is her back in the town as an MP.
[quote][p][bold]A.Baron-Cohen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Always Grumpy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A.Baron-Cohen[/bold] wrote: Our MPs are useless when it comes to bringing funding and investment to Swindon, maybe Selgrove could secure it from Ed balls, it is worth a shot.[/p][/quote]You have to be joking![/p][/quote]This is not about politics, this is about how hard MPs work for their town. I would vote for any MP capable to bring jobs, investments in Swindon, be it UKIP, Labour, Libdem, Tories[/p][/quote]Like I said, Snelgrove, you have to be joking. When this odious woman represented Swindon, and I use the term 'represented' loosely, she did nothing for this town and just followed the party line and brown nosed her way around Westminster. The last Swindon would ever want is her back in the town as an MP. Always Grumpy

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