Even more of A350 at Chippenham to become dual carriageway

This Is Wiltshire: Dual carriageway work under way on the A350 into Chippenham. Now it will stretch right round to the McDonald’s roundabout Dual carriageway work under way on the A350 into Chippenham. Now it will stretch right round to the McDonald’s roundabout

A £129 million cash boost for more dual carriageway on the A350 around Chippenham and 400 more parking spaces at the railway station has been welcomed.

The Government investment will mean the congested A350 will be made into dual carriageway from the Morrisons roundabout all the way down to the Sainsbury’s roundabout on the A4 Bath Road junction.

Plans for the station include building two multi-storey car parks on each side of the line, increasing parking capacity by 50 per cent from 800 to 1,200 spaces.

Business secretary Vince Cable launched the Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Deal on Monday. The Government will invest £129m in the county between 2015 and 2021, with £12.8m being spent in the first year.

The deal commits £7.1m towards the extra dualling of the A350.

Work already underway between Jacksom’s Lane and Morrisons is being funded by £1.9m from the separate Government’s Local Pinch Point Fund and is expected to be finished by the end of this year.

The money was granted in response to a strategic economic plan by the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership in March, which said improving congestion and road links would boost the town’s economy.

Chippenham MP Duncan Hames said: “Dualling the A350 around Chippenham will relieve congestion here and also help facilitate the development of a higher education centre and digital community in Corsham.”

But he warned that the road improvement should not be seen as a substitute for an Oxford-Bristol rail service calling both at Chippenham and a re-opened Corsham station.

“I hope that the funding allocated to Swindon and Wiltshire beyond 2016 in this deal can play a part in making this happen,” he said.

Chippenham town councillor Bill Douglas said the improvements would remove the need for lorries to use Malmesbury Road to avoid congestion.

He said: “Chippenham has become the main access for wagons from London to the southern part of the county, big thunderous things.

“Malmesbury Road residents will be relieved by that.”

In the deal there is also £16m earmarked to improve the retail offering at Chippenham station, its accessibility and its connections with other modes of transport.

Tom Jacques, chairman of Chippenham Vision, said: “It’s about allowing everything to be connected together. It’s important there’s links across the railway line so people can leave from whichever side car park on the town centre side.”

He has spent the last couple of years coordinating with the LEP and Network Rail on a plan for the station hub. He said: “We put all the work in not having full expectations so the fact that this has gone through makes it all worth it.”

The volume of rail passengers is expected to rise by 40 per cent with new housing developments, line electrification, the growth of Dyson and the new military training college at Lyneham.

North Wiltshire MP James Gray said: “I particularly welcome the A429 Malmesbury Access scheme which will improve traffic flow and enable access to a new research and development centre and technology campus at Dyson’s Malmesbury site.

“And also the plans to make the section of the A350 north of Chippenham from Badger Roundabout to Chequers Junction into a dual carriageway.”

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1:26pm Fri 11 Jul 14

wiltshireborne says...

I hope they have something epic planned for the Bumpers farm island. It can't cope with the traffic from single carriageways.
I hope they have something epic planned for the Bumpers farm island. It can't cope with the traffic from single carriageways. wiltshireborne
  • Score: 14

1:26pm Fri 11 Jul 14

tobruk says...

Why does everything go to Chippenham? What about doing some road improvements on the A350 between Lacock, Westbury and beyond!
All this scheme will do is cause more congestion around Melksham, Yarnbrook and westbury!
Why does everything go to Chippenham? What about doing some road improvements on the A350 between Lacock, Westbury and beyond! All this scheme will do is cause more congestion around Melksham, Yarnbrook and westbury! tobruk
  • Score: 18

3:24pm Fri 11 Jul 14

melkshamwizard says...

tobruk wrote:
Why does everything go to Chippenham? What about doing some road improvements on the A350 between Lacock, Westbury and beyond!
All this scheme will do is cause more congestion around Melksham, Yarnbrook and westbury!
very true this plan will only move the bottleneck further down do these people who plan this think traffic only goes to Chippenham,
[quote][p][bold]tobruk[/bold] wrote: Why does everything go to Chippenham? What about doing some road improvements on the A350 between Lacock, Westbury and beyond! All this scheme will do is cause more congestion around Melksham, Yarnbrook and westbury![/p][/quote]very true this plan will only move the bottleneck further down do these people who plan this think traffic only goes to Chippenham, melkshamwizard
  • Score: 0

4:33pm Fri 11 Jul 14

allthedecentnameshavegone says...

"Why does everything go to Chippenham? What about doing some road improvements on the A350 between Lacock, Westbury and beyond!"

Improvements further along the S350 would be nice too, but remember that the further you get from the M4 the more the traffic dissipates - a large number of cars will turn into either of the Cepen Parks, the A4 towards Corsham and Bath etc, it doesn't all head straight to Westbury.
"Why does everything go to Chippenham? What about doing some road improvements on the A350 between Lacock, Westbury and beyond!" Improvements further along the S350 would be nice too, but remember that the further you get from the M4 the more the traffic dissipates - a large number of cars will turn into either of the Cepen Parks, the A4 towards Corsham and Bath etc, it doesn't all head straight to Westbury. allthedecentnameshavegone
  • Score: 9

5:24pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Room101 says...

A good idea would be to get all the other roads up to standard. The roads in this county are a disgrace. There seems to be more patched squares on our roads than all the dark squares on all the chess boards in the country. Then the pot holes that have not been repaired i can't go there.
A good idea would be to get all the other roads up to standard. The roads in this county are a disgrace. There seems to be more patched squares on our roads than all the dark squares on all the chess boards in the country. Then the pot holes that have not been repaired i can't go there. Room101
  • Score: 15

6:49pm Fri 11 Jul 14

markinmelksham says...

The road could potentially be dualled right up to Melksham, not on its current alignment though. GOing north, veer right just after Nortree / Subway and connect up further up by the farm just under the high voltage line.

The road further north can be dualled using the land already available.
The road could potentially be dualled right up to Melksham, not on its current alignment though. GOing north, veer right just after Nortree / Subway and connect up further up by the farm just under the high voltage line. The road further north can be dualled using the land already available. markinmelksham
  • Score: 7

6:53pm Fri 11 Jul 14

markinmelksham says...

wiltshireborne wrote:
I hope they have something epic planned for the Bumpers farm island. It can't cope with the traffic from single carriageways.
If I was designing it I would take the mainline road to the left of Bumpers farm roundabout on a bridge and link up with the roundabout just to the north. Not sure how the gradients would work but looks possible.
[quote][p][bold]wiltshireborne[/bold] wrote: I hope they have something epic planned for the Bumpers farm island. It can't cope with the traffic from single carriageways.[/p][/quote]If I was designing it I would take the mainline road to the left of Bumpers farm roundabout on a bridge and link up with the roundabout just to the north. Not sure how the gradients would work but looks possible. markinmelksham
  • Score: 2

3:32pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Paul Tucker says...

wiltshireborne wrote:
I hope they have something epic planned for the Bumpers farm island. It can't cope with the traffic from single carriageways.
I agree. Also, traffic going East or West on the A4 by Sainsbury's will find it even more difficult to cross the roundabout. This congestion is only being shuffled south a bit and will onlybe solved when, as has been planned for years, the A350 is dualled all the way from the M4 to M27. None of us will be alive when that's happened.
[quote][p][bold]wiltshireborne[/bold] wrote: I hope they have something epic planned for the Bumpers farm island. It can't cope with the traffic from single carriageways.[/p][/quote]I agree. Also, traffic going East or West on the A4 by Sainsbury's will find it even more difficult to cross the roundabout. This congestion is only being shuffled south a bit and will onlybe solved when, as has been planned for years, the A350 is dualled all the way from the M4 to M27. None of us will be alive when that's happened. Paul Tucker
  • Score: 3

3:34pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Paul Tucker says...

..and the M27 has been extended too!
..and the M27 has been extended too! Paul Tucker
  • Score: 1

8:09pm Tue 15 Jul 14

JillG says...

I cannot see why the dual carriageway plan stops at the Sainsburys rounabout.The last section South of there has been built to allow for doubling up with the railway bridge having two arches etc so why not continue until its end,it is a false economy.I do not understand why the 'new' dual carriageway would relieve Malmesbury Road,they are two completely different routes.The only heavy lorries I have seen travelling such a route are the recycling lorries who take their loads along the A4 to Calne.They would not use the 'new' road anyway.
I was unaware the A350 went anywhere near the M27,it goes via Shaftesbury to Poole.The M27 finishes at the Cadnam roundabout not that far West of Southampton.
The Bumpers Farm roundabout would still be a major problem only relieved if a North/South flyover was built on the A350 over the Bristol road,otherwise the hold ups on both roads would still be the same.
I cannot see why the dual carriageway plan stops at the Sainsburys rounabout.The last section South of there has been built to allow for doubling up with the railway bridge having two arches etc so why not continue until its end,it is a false economy.I do not understand why the 'new' dual carriageway would relieve Malmesbury Road,they are two completely different routes.The only heavy lorries I have seen travelling such a route are the recycling lorries who take their loads along the A4 to Calne.They would not use the 'new' road anyway. I was unaware the A350 went anywhere near the M27,it goes via Shaftesbury to Poole.The M27 finishes at the Cadnam roundabout not that far West of Southampton. The Bumpers Farm roundabout would still be a major problem only relieved if a North/South flyover was built on the A350 over the Bristol road,otherwise the hold ups on both roads would still be the same. JillG
  • Score: 1

12:32pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Paul Tucker says...

..will only be solved when, as has been planned for years, the A350 is dualled all the way from the M4 to M27 (and the M27 has been extended too)!
..will only be solved when, as has been planned for years, the A350 is dualled all the way from the M4 to M27 (and the M27 has been extended too)! Paul Tucker
  • Score: 1

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