Villagers fear A420 closure

This Is Wiltshire: Villagers fear A420 closure Villagers fear A420 closure

VILLAGES around the A420 are expecting delays, gridlock, speeding, collisions and even injuries when Oxfordshire County Council closes the A420 for seven weeks in July.

It plans to shut both lanes from July 21, between the Watchfield Roundabout and the Townsend Road junction to Shrivenham and Bourton, in order to carry out essential roadworks.

That will leave commuters in and out of Swindon with little choice but to overrun the country lanes that link up the rural communities north and south of the A420.

Residents in Shrivenham have already commissioned an independent transport study, which estimated between 17,000 and 20,000 traffic movements a day along the main road.

Shrivenham is likely to be the worst affected village, with preliminary plans in place for traffic to be diverted through the heart of the community before it returns to the A420.

Sarah Day, chair of Shrivenham Parish Council, said: “The problem that we have is with the HGVs. Oxfordshire is saying it will put a seven-and-a-half-tonne weight restriction on the diversion.

“But the question is: who’s going to police it? They suggested trading standards, but I can’t see them standing out there, on the road, 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, for seven weeks.

“We know the road needs doing, but what we are asking for is, at the very least, they put in a 20-miles-per-hour speed limit and that they police the HGVs.

“Those vehicles inevitably sat in the queues in the villages are also going to find opportunities to create their own diversions with their sat-navs and go off down side roads.

“A lot of the houses on those roads don’t even have footpaths – we are worried somebody’s going to get hurt.”

Ms Day also said Oxfordshire County Council was weighing up a one-way system, with westbound traffic travelling via Faringdon Road in Watchfield and eastbound traffic using Longcot Road before linking up with the A420 via Majors Road.

Villages south-west of Shrivenham are also bracing themselves for any knock-on effect which may stem from collisions or disruptions on the official diversion route.

Bishopstone, Hinton Parva and Wanborough are all communities which might face an influx of traffic looking to get in and out of Swindon via the Commonhead roundabout.

Ian Thompson, acting chair of Bishopstone Parish Council, said: “We have huge concerns. Ours is the only alternative road if Shrivenham becomes gridlocked.

“We knew it was going to happen, we just assumed it was a fait accompli. “There is going to be a huge amount of rat running.

“I would certainly support any calls for a tighter speed restriction through Shrivenham and the surrounding villages.

“I don’t even think most people have cottoned on to what’s actually happening yet – this is a major closure.

“People will find rat runs. It’s an accident waiting to happen.”

On its website, Oxfordshire County Council accepts disruption will happen, but the resurfacing will mean no further reconstruction should be needed for years to come.

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8:46am Mon 21 Apr 14

adsinibiza says...

This sounds appalling for the local residents. It also makes me ask when is this major busy route going to be upgraded to a dual carriageway all the way between Swindon and Oxford?
This sounds appalling for the local residents. It also makes me ask when is this major busy route going to be upgraded to a dual carriageway all the way between Swindon and Oxford? adsinibiza
  • Score: 29

8:48am Mon 21 Apr 14

gambon says...

nimby's surprised the adver did not find a group of locals with their arms crossed
nimby's surprised the adver did not find a group of locals with their arms crossed gambon
  • Score: 10

8:55am Mon 21 Apr 14

faatmaan says...

this was the only route years ago, the residents want to drive though others villages but not allow them access on a TEMPORARY basis through theirs.
this was the only route years ago, the residents want to drive though others villages but not allow them access on a TEMPORARY basis through theirs. faatmaan
  • Score: 16

10:34am Mon 21 Apr 14

Peter DAY says...

I bet it is the outsiders that are complaining, when I was young and lived in Shrivenham this was the route to Oxford. Get real for a change it will do the traders good to have all the traffic going once again through the high street.
I bet it is the outsiders that are complaining, when I was young and lived in Shrivenham this was the route to Oxford. Get real for a change it will do the traders good to have all the traffic going once again through the high street. Peter DAY
  • Score: 9

11:00am Mon 21 Apr 14

stfcdod says...

Total nimbyism.
Total nimbyism. stfcdod
  • Score: 4

11:37am Mon 21 Apr 14

Davey Gravey says...

Peter DAY wrote:
I bet it is the outsiders that are complaining, when I was young and lived in Shrivenham this was the route to Oxford. Get real for a change it will do the traders good to have all the traffic going once again through the high street.
To be fair I think they have valid concerns. The a 420 coming towards swindon is more or less crawling bumper to bumper from beyond faringdon from 4.30pm on weekdays. Problems are inevitable.

Why they need to completely close the road I don't know ?
Surely there are ways around it? One way closures, night time etc.
[quote][p][bold]Peter DAY[/bold] wrote: I bet it is the outsiders that are complaining, when I was young and lived in Shrivenham this was the route to Oxford. Get real for a change it will do the traders good to have all the traffic going once again through the high street.[/p][/quote]To be fair I think they have valid concerns. The a 420 coming towards swindon is more or less crawling bumper to bumper from beyond faringdon from 4.30pm on weekdays. Problems are inevitable. Why they need to completely close the road I don't know ? Surely there are ways around it? One way closures, night time etc. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 5

12:27pm Mon 21 Apr 14

twasadawf says...

Put double work shifts on the job as its summer with long daylight hours and get the work done in half the time Simples
Put double work shifts on the job as its summer with long daylight hours and get the work done in half the time Simples twasadawf
  • Score: 13

5:38pm Mon 21 Apr 14

stfcdod says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
Peter DAY wrote:
I bet it is the outsiders that are complaining, when I was young and lived in Shrivenham this was the route to Oxford. Get real for a change it will do the traders good to have all the traffic going once again through the high street.
To be fair I think they have valid concerns. The a 420 coming towards swindon is more or less crawling bumper to bumper from beyond faringdon from 4.30pm on weekdays. Problems are inevitable.

Why they need to completely close the road I don't know ?
Surely there are ways around it? One way closures, night time etc.
All the nimbys would then complain about the noise if it was at night and the queues and noise if only half the road was closed off.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter DAY[/bold] wrote: I bet it is the outsiders that are complaining, when I was young and lived in Shrivenham this was the route to Oxford. Get real for a change it will do the traders good to have all the traffic going once again through the high street.[/p][/quote]To be fair I think they have valid concerns. The a 420 coming towards swindon is more or less crawling bumper to bumper from beyond faringdon from 4.30pm on weekdays. Problems are inevitable. Why they need to completely close the road I don't know ? Surely there are ways around it? One way closures, night time etc.[/p][/quote]All the nimbys would then complain about the noise if it was at night and the queues and noise if only half the road was closed off. stfcdod
  • Score: -2

7:23pm Mon 21 Apr 14

pallelli@hotmail.com says...

stfcdod wrote:
Total nimbyism.
Rubbish.

Even if we reduce the 17000-20000 vehicles a day figure to say 10000, because its the summer holidays and HGVs "won't" be using the route. That is still a lot of traffic to push through Shrivenham. The community will be gridlocked, and the surrounding areas will also be affected. I can quite understand (and sympathise) with the residents concerns.

BTW, I, nor anyone I know, is going to be affected by this. (I.e. I'm not a nimby)
[quote][p][bold]stfcdod[/bold] wrote: Total nimbyism.[/p][/quote]Rubbish. Even if we reduce the 17000-20000 vehicles a day figure to say 10000, because its the summer holidays and HGVs "won't" be using the route. That is still a lot of traffic to push through Shrivenham. The community will be gridlocked, and the surrounding areas will also be affected. I can quite understand (and sympathise) with the residents concerns. BTW, I, nor anyone I know, is going to be affected by this. (I.e. I'm not a nimby) pallelli@hotmail.com
  • Score: 3

8:01pm Mon 21 Apr 14

dukeofM4 says...

Same old story for years. What makes it even worse on that side of town is all the development that is planned. A dual carriageway should have been built years ago to link the M4 and A34 / M40 together. Swindon needs a proper ring road further out along with addition M4 junctions. Everyone will be dead before that wish list is ever carried out.
Same old story for years. What makes it even worse on that side of town is all the development that is planned. A dual carriageway should have been built years ago to link the M4 and A34 / M40 together. Swindon needs a proper ring road further out along with addition M4 junctions. Everyone will be dead before that wish list is ever carried out. dukeofM4
  • Score: 11

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