Extended A350 'will pump £6m into Chippenham economy'

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A £2.7 million project to extend dualling of the A350 at Chippenham is expected to pump £6m a year into the local economy.

Speaking at Chippenham’s area board meeting, Parvis Khansari, service director for highways and transport at Wiltshire Council, said: “The project hopes to deliver the benefits of cutting one-and-a-half minutes off the average journey time, and an estimated annual gross value for gross added value to local economy of £5.9m through the creation of additional jobs.”

The work will extend the dual carriageway, which runs about 2.5 miles from the M4 up to the Jacksom’s Lane junction, taking it another 600 metres to the Badger roundabout next to Morrisons.

Improvements will also be made to Malmesbury Road roundabout.

Mr Khansari told the meeting last week that a period of “misery” while work is carried out should be expected, followed on completion by reduced congestion.

He said: “There will be some misery when utilities move in. During construction a 30mph limit will be in place to ensure the safety of the site staff.”

But the road would be kept open to two-way traffic throughout, with a series of closures only scheduled to take place overnight.

Utility companies are this week carrying out preparatory investigative work ahead of diverting electricity supplies. This has to be done by the end of March when construction is due to begin.

It is hoped improvements will be completed by December.

It was announced last May that £1.9m had been secured from the Local Pinch Point Fund (LPPF), a fund designed to support schemes that tackle congestion or address the condition of highway structures that are close to becoming a barrier to access.

When deciding what to apply for, Mr Khansari said: “Without a shadow of a doubt, Malmesbury Roundabout was our pinch point.”

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2:41pm Fri 17 Jan 14

brookend ratty says...

How can saving 1.5 minutes while by-passing Chippenham possibly generate £6m for the local economy?

I'm not aware of excessive congestion on this small length or the road; it seems to me that £2.7 million could be put to other much better uses on the roads locally.
How can saving 1.5 minutes while by-passing Chippenham possibly generate £6m for the local economy? I'm not aware of excessive congestion on this small length or the road; it seems to me that £2.7 million could be put to other much better uses on the roads locally. brookend ratty

3:13pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Yanziboom says...

Worst road rage spot in the county! I blame the bad signage where the road narrows from 2 to 1 lane. Contrast this with the A46 just south of M4 J18, similar road layout but different and better signage. No road rage, no stress, no worries.
Worst road rage spot in the county! I blame the bad signage where the road narrows from 2 to 1 lane. Contrast this with the A46 just south of M4 J18, similar road layout but different and better signage. No road rage, no stress, no worries. Yanziboom

5:12pm Fri 17 Jan 14

kimcrawley says...

Real confidence in these people so diligent they don't even know that it's Jacksoms Lane.
Real confidence in these people so diligent they don't even know that it's Jacksoms Lane. kimcrawley

6:35pm Fri 17 Jan 14

chrisbizarre says...

kimcrawley wrote:
Real confidence in these people so diligent they don't even know that it's Jacksoms Lane.
I'm not surprised that they don't know its correct name. The last time I went down there I had to turn back as the road surface was so bad. It used to be a useful little slow speed diversion route for those in the know but Wiltshire Council have seen to it that it can only be realistically used by the farm on it and 4x4 vehicles.
[quote][p][bold]kimcrawley[/bold] wrote: Real confidence in these people so diligent they don't even know that it's Jacksoms Lane.[/p][/quote]I'm not surprised that they don't know its correct name. The last time I went down there I had to turn back as the road surface was so bad. It used to be a useful little slow speed diversion route for those in the know but Wiltshire Council have seen to it that it can only be realistically used by the farm on it and 4x4 vehicles. chrisbizarre

7:54pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Paul Tucker says...

The pinch point is going to be moved by "600 metres". I really can't see the benefit and the cost has no justification. More swallowing and regurgitation of council press releases by our local hack (senior reporter? My a*se).
The pinch point is going to be moved by "600 metres". I really can't see the benefit and the cost has no justification. More swallowing and regurgitation of council press releases by our local hack (senior reporter? My a*se). Paul Tucker

1:26am Tue 21 Jan 14

Phorever says...

If they are going to extend the dual carriageway, surely it would be far more beneficial to extend it all the way to Lackham College, seeing as the bridges and lamp posts are already there for a dual carriageway.
600m of a road extension, just isn't worth the hassle.
If they are going to extend the dual carriageway, surely it would be far more beneficial to extend it all the way to Lackham College, seeing as the bridges and lamp posts are already there for a dual carriageway. 600m of a road extension, just isn't worth the hassle. Phorever

11:09pm Fri 24 Jan 14

whatsthestory says...

Phorever wrote:
If they are going to extend the dual carriageway, surely it would be far more beneficial to extend it all the way to Lackham College, seeing as the bridges and lamp posts are already there for a dual carriageway.
600m of a road extension, just isn't worth the hassle.
Bit of a silly comment. This work is just the start, with full dualling of the A350 through Chippenham the longer term goal. As expected during the current economic climate there simply isn't the money from central government to do it all in one go. This work is long overdue a step in the right direction.
[quote][p][bold]Phorever[/bold] wrote: If they are going to extend the dual carriageway, surely it would be far more beneficial to extend it all the way to Lackham College, seeing as the bridges and lamp posts are already there for a dual carriageway. 600m of a road extension, just isn't worth the hassle.[/p][/quote]Bit of a silly comment. This work is just the start, with full dualling of the A350 through Chippenham the longer term goal. As expected during the current economic climate there simply isn't the money from central government to do it all in one go. This work is long overdue a step in the right direction. whatsthestory

11:15pm Fri 24 Jan 14

whatsthestory says...

chrisbizarre wrote:
kimcrawley wrote:
Real confidence in these people so diligent they don't even know that it's Jacksoms Lane.
I'm not surprised that they don't know its correct name. The last time I went down there I had to turn back as the road surface was so bad. It used to be a useful little slow speed diversion route for those in the know but Wiltshire Council have seen to it that it can only be realistically used by the farm on it and 4x4 vehicles.
If you bothered to attend the last area board meeting you'd now Jacksoms Lane is up for resurfacing in the next financial year. That said, once its done I'm sure you'll find something else to moan about re. Wiltshire Council?
[quote][p][bold]chrisbizarre[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kimcrawley[/bold] wrote: Real confidence in these people so diligent they don't even know that it's Jacksoms Lane.[/p][/quote]I'm not surprised that they don't know its correct name. The last time I went down there I had to turn back as the road surface was so bad. It used to be a useful little slow speed diversion route for those in the know but Wiltshire Council have seen to it that it can only be realistically used by the farm on it and 4x4 vehicles.[/p][/quote]If you bothered to attend the last area board meeting you'd now Jacksoms Lane is up for resurfacing in the next financial year. That said, once its done I'm sure you'll find something else to moan about re. Wiltshire Council? whatsthestory

11:32pm Fri 24 Jan 14

whatsthestory says...

Yanziboom wrote:
Worst road rage spot in the county! I blame the bad signage where the road narrows from 2 to 1 lane. Contrast this with the A46 just south of M4 J18, similar road layout but different and better signage. No road rage, no stress, no worries.
Are you for real?..No stress , no worries?.. that's not my recollection of travelling along the A46. A bit quicker maybe but then it's a totally different layout. On the A350 you're filtering into a single lane whilst approaching a roundabout which is obvious pinch-point . On the A46 traffic is leaving a signalised roundabout in a controlled manner to then merge into a single lane. Totally different.
[quote][p][bold]Yanziboom[/bold] wrote: Worst road rage spot in the county! I blame the bad signage where the road narrows from 2 to 1 lane. Contrast this with the A46 just south of M4 J18, similar road layout but different and better signage. No road rage, no stress, no worries.[/p][/quote]Are you for real?..No stress , no worries?.. that's not my recollection of travelling along the A46. A bit quicker maybe but then it's a totally different layout. On the A350 you're filtering into a single lane whilst approaching a roundabout which is obvious pinch-point . On the A46 traffic is leaving a signalised roundabout in a controlled manner to then merge into a single lane. Totally different. whatsthestory

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