Drivers face up to months of delays over Regent Circus development, but businesses say it's worth it

This Is Wiltshire: Husnu Cetin, owner of Trident fish bar in Victoria Road, accepts the disruption Husnu Cetin, owner of Trident fish bar in Victoria Road, accepts the disruption

DRIVERS face up to six months of delays as work to make the area around Regent Circus more pedestrian-friendly begins.

Work is due to begin on Monday, which will involve the temporary closure of Crombey Street close to the new development, although this will only be for a section of the works.

A cinema, supermarket and a number of restaurants are due to open on the former Swindon College site later this year.

With work progressing well on the building, focus is now set to move towards the surrounding roads, which will be altered to make the venue as accessible as possible.

Nearby businesses say they accept some disruption will be inevitable and feel it will be worth it for a complex which could potentially transform the top end of the town centre.

Husnu Cetin, 37, is the owner of Trident Fish Bar opposite the site and says the leisure complex development was one of the main reasons he chose the area.

“I don’t think the traffic will be too bad around here because a lot of the businesses don’t rely on people driving past,” he said.

“Any problems that we do face will be fine when it is built. The car park will make a big difference and hopefully a lot more people will come.

“I have heard some people say they are worried about the extra competition but I think it will be a good thing. I have heard that quite a few people go to Bristol or Bath so when it is finished hopefully they will come here.”

The manager of Rudi’s bar, also on Regent Circus, said most people have come to accept the traffic issues caused.

James Montague, 27, said: “After a while you just get used to all the problems. There are hold-ups when the lorries turn to go onto the site but we’ve come to accept that.

“When it opens though it will be so good for the area we can cope with it. Whatever they do it’ll be better than looking at the college building.

“As a bar I think we’ll benefit from people who maybe want a drink before or after a film.

“When they go out most peopletend to zig-zag and go from one bar to another, but up here we have been a bit isolated so hopefully it will make a difference.”

The construction phase of Regent Circus is due to be completed at Easter with a public opening in the Autumn.

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9:20am Fri 17 Jan 14

OESMUM says...

Perhaps this "story" could have focused a bit more on the traffic and advised what diversions are being put in place and which roads are going to be closed! As a driver using this route every day this would have been far more useful!
Perhaps this "story" could have focused a bit more on the traffic and advised what diversions are being put in place and which roads are going to be closed! As a driver using this route every day this would have been far more useful! OESMUM

12:43pm Fri 17 Jan 14

semitonic says...

This area is sorely in need of traffic calming due to the idiots who feel the need to attempt to break the land speed record as they fork off up Eastcott hill or Crombey street.

Hopefully this work will help.
This area is sorely in need of traffic calming due to the idiots who feel the need to attempt to break the land speed record as they fork off up Eastcott hill or Crombey street. Hopefully this work will help. semitonic

1:12pm Fri 17 Jan 14

house on the hill says...

Fortunately I don't have to go into town for anything, but do agree with the first poster, why not have some helpful advice on what will be closed and where the diversions will be and for roughly how long.
Fortunately I don't have to go into town for anything, but do agree with the first poster, why not have some helpful advice on what will be closed and where the diversions will be and for roughly how long. house on the hill

2:22pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Davey Gravey says...

The big sign in the photo is a clue to how long it is going on for. Unless you do not know Swindon it is pretty obvious where the work is going on too.
The big sign in the photo is a clue to how long it is going on for. Unless you do not know Swindon it is pretty obvious where the work is going on too. Davey Gravey

4:18pm Fri 17 Jan 14

OESMUM says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
The big sign in the photo is a clue to how long it is going on for. Unless you do not know Swindon it is pretty obvious where the work is going on too.
Well aware of the work going on - I pass it every day! Would be nice to know how the traffic is to be diverted around the one way system that's all!
Are you aware of the volume of traffic using that route at rush hour? It will be chaos.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: The big sign in the photo is a clue to how long it is going on for. Unless you do not know Swindon it is pretty obvious where the work is going on too.[/p][/quote]Well aware of the work going on - I pass it every day! Would be nice to know how the traffic is to be diverted around the one way system that's all! Are you aware of the volume of traffic using that route at rush hour? It will be chaos. OESMUM

4:27pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Davey Gravey says...

OESMUM wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
The big sign in the photo is a clue to how long it is going on for. Unless you do not know Swindon it is pretty obvious where the work is going on too.
Well aware of the work going on - I pass it every day! Would be nice to know how the traffic is to be diverted around the one way system that's all!
Are you aware of the volume of traffic using that route at rush hour? It will be chaos.
Of course it will be. Employ common sense and avoid the area unless totally necessary. If it is unavoidable expect to be delayed
[quote][p][bold]OESMUM[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: The big sign in the photo is a clue to how long it is going on for. Unless you do not know Swindon it is pretty obvious where the work is going on too.[/p][/quote]Well aware of the work going on - I pass it every day! Would be nice to know how the traffic is to be diverted around the one way system that's all! Are you aware of the volume of traffic using that route at rush hour? It will be chaos.[/p][/quote]Of course it will be. Employ common sense and avoid the area unless totally necessary. If it is unavoidable expect to be delayed Davey Gravey

6:10pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Jeremy Hilary Boob says...

How long before one of the two other cinemas in Swindon closes once this opens?

I can't see a total of 25 screens being that viable - won't this just cannibalise cinemagoers from Greenbridge and Shaw Ridge? It wouldn't be so bad if there was some provision for arthouse films and/or premium Screening Rooms-style element. Instead we'll get the same popcorn fodder aimed at the masses that we can already watch in town (except both offer free parking, so this one is actually less of a draw).

Oh, and I wish the Adver would rein the hype in a bit - Nandos and Pizza Hut are fine for what they are but the way you keep on about top quality restaurants anyone would think they had Michelin stars!
How long before one of the two other cinemas in Swindon closes once this opens? I can't see a total of 25 screens being that viable - won't this just cannibalise cinemagoers from Greenbridge and Shaw Ridge? It wouldn't be so bad if there was some provision for arthouse films and/or premium Screening Rooms-style element. Instead we'll get the same popcorn fodder aimed at the masses that we can already watch in town (except both offer free parking, so this one is actually less of a draw). Oh, and I wish the Adver would rein the hype in a bit - Nandos and Pizza Hut are fine for what they are but the way you keep on about top quality restaurants anyone would think they had Michelin stars! Jeremy Hilary Boob

4:03pm Sun 19 Jan 14

PJC says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
OESMUM wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
The big sign in the photo is a clue to how long it is going on for. Unless you do not know Swindon it is pretty obvious where the work is going on too.
Well aware of the work going on - I pass it every day! Would be nice to know how the traffic is to be diverted around the one way system that's all!
Are you aware of the volume of traffic using that route at rush hour? It will be chaos.
Of course it will be. Employ common sense and avoid the area unless totally necessary. If it is unavoidable expect to be delayed
...or plan your journey better!
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OESMUM[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: The big sign in the photo is a clue to how long it is going on for. Unless you do not know Swindon it is pretty obvious where the work is going on too.[/p][/quote]Well aware of the work going on - I pass it every day! Would be nice to know how the traffic is to be diverted around the one way system that's all! Are you aware of the volume of traffic using that route at rush hour? It will be chaos.[/p][/quote]Of course it will be. Employ common sense and avoid the area unless totally necessary. If it is unavoidable expect to be delayed[/p][/quote]...or plan your journey better! PJC

4:06pm Sun 19 Jan 14

PJC says...

Jeremy Hilary Boob wrote:
How long before one of the two other cinemas in Swindon closes once this opens?

I can't see a total of 25 screens being that viable - won't this just cannibalise cinemagoers from Greenbridge and Shaw Ridge? It wouldn't be so bad if there was some provision for arthouse films and/or premium Screening Rooms-style element. Instead we'll get the same popcorn fodder aimed at the masses that we can already watch in town (except both offer free parking, so this one is actually less of a draw).

Oh, and I wish the Adver would rein the hype in a bit - Nandos and Pizza Hut are fine for what they are but the way you keep on about top quality restaurants anyone would think they had Michelin stars!
Not everyone owns a car, and this will be within walking distance of Old Town & the Town Centre. I can't see that it will impact on the other cinemas that much.
[quote][p][bold]Jeremy Hilary Boob[/bold] wrote: How long before one of the two other cinemas in Swindon closes once this opens? I can't see a total of 25 screens being that viable - won't this just cannibalise cinemagoers from Greenbridge and Shaw Ridge? It wouldn't be so bad if there was some provision for arthouse films and/or premium Screening Rooms-style element. Instead we'll get the same popcorn fodder aimed at the masses that we can already watch in town (except both offer free parking, so this one is actually less of a draw). Oh, and I wish the Adver would rein the hype in a bit - Nandos and Pizza Hut are fine for what they are but the way you keep on about top quality restaurants anyone would think they had Michelin stars![/p][/quote]Not everyone owns a car, and this will be within walking distance of Old Town & the Town Centre. I can't see that it will impact on the other cinemas that much. PJC

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