Motorists face delays during resurfacing in North Swindon
DRIVERS in North Swindon yesterday faced a second day of hold-ups as roadworks on Thamesdown Drive continued.
Swindon Council is in the process of resurfacing one lane of the road which has led to confusion and a build up of traffic.
Tempers flared as drivers were stuck in queues close to the Orbital shopping centre where the works have been taking place.
The work has been commissioned to re-lay the surface of one lane of the road, on a stretch including the Orbital Junction as well as the Redhouse and Oakhurst junctions.
There have been reports of some drivers being at a standstill for more than half an hour while others have witnessed some performing illegal U-turns to avoid the queues.
One driver, who asked to remain anonymous and got caught in the traffic on their way to work, said: “It was appalling in the morning. I took twice as long to get in to work and it’s incredibly dangerous.
“There were a lot of people cutting each other up as they were in a hurry to get into work.
“It wouldn’t be so bad if there was better management of the situation but I couldn’t see anyone about trying to control things.”
Due to complications with the road and difficulties with the resurfacing, the work is currently over-running and will last until the end of the week.
The delay could also be extended if there is rain, as work cannot be carried out.
It is being carried out in stages and today sees the works move onto the Redhouse junction.
That work is estimated to last another two days before then, moving onto the Oakhurst Juntion at the end of the week.
A spokesman for the council said: “The work is essential and unfortunately we do expect some delays.
“We are doing what we can to reduce the impact of the works.
“The roadworks will only take place between 9.15pm and 4.30pm.
“There will also be a traffic marshall to help control the flow.”
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