Rush-hour traffic in town centre hit by major works

This Is Wiltshire: Rush-hour traffic in town centre hit by major works Rush-hour traffic in town centre hit by major works

COMMUTERS were hit by heavy delays yesterday as major work began at key areas around the town which is expected to last for several months.

Long queues developed along Great Western Way as Thames Water began work around the Bruce Street Bridges as part of their long term plan to improve the sewers.

The overall capacity of the sewer system is being improved to deal with the expected growth in the town over the coming years, with two new pipes being laid.

It means that until early next month, Iris Redman Gardens will be closed along with one lane of Rodbourne Road.

A spokesperson for Thames Water said: “We’re really sorry for any problems caused by this essential work which is needed to improve and maintain the sewer system in the area.

“Wherever we can we work closely with local councils to make sure diversions are appropriate and well signposted and will aim to have the work completed as quickly as possible.”

Following the completion of this part of the work, Cheney Manor Road will see a lane closed between the junction of Rodbourne Road and Baileys Corner.

Bus routes in the area have also been hit by the congestion with some services running behind schedule.

Paul Jenkins, managing director of Thamesdown Transport, said: “The works at Bruce Street Bridges have caused delays to a number of our services in the town and we apologise for any inconvenience caused by these events, which were beyond our control.

“The impact has so far been felt the worst on routes linking the town centre and West Swindon, particularly Services 19 and 22.

“There were knock-on delays to other routes due to the traffic congestion caused by the works, but services largely returned to normal after the morning peak period was over.”

Thames Water are also due to start carrying out work elsewhere including Wootton Bassett Road.

In Highworth, Westrop will be closed throughout the week as the water company carries out work to connect pipes to the new houses. Police have advised drivers to use the A361 or St Michael’s Avenue if they need to access Grove Hill.

Work is also due to begin this week to make Regents Circus more pedestrian friendly in preparation for the leisure complex being constructed on the site.

The roadworks could last into the summer and access to Crombey Street is expected to be limited during this period.

A Swindon Council spokesman said: “Unfortunately this is essential work from Thames Water which is taking place at a particularly busy location. “We have been working with Thames Water to try to minimise any disruption and information boards and notices were put up several weeks in advance of the work.

“We would advise motorists to allow extra time for their journeys or to seek alternative routes if necessary.”

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6:25am Tue 21 Jan 14

sn5 says...

As always the Adver take the negative view; they would be the first to complain if the sewers were not fixed
As always the Adver take the negative view; they would be the first to complain if the sewers were not fixed sn5

7:10am Tue 21 Jan 14

Wildwestener says...

As said yesterday, it's not the fact the work needs doing, of course it does and everyone would moan if it wasn't done, it's the lack of road infrastructure built to support the North and West expansions which is the cause of the issue here.
As said yesterday, it's not the fact the work needs doing, of course it does and everyone would moan if it wasn't done, it's the lack of road infrastructure built to support the North and West expansions which is the cause of the issue here. Wildwestener

8:48am Tue 21 Jan 14

VotingFloaterUK says...

The majority of the problems on Great Western Way were caused by the lane closure on Great Western Way itself. This closure is due to work to power lines being carried out on behalf of SSE. There still seems to be no mention of this despite signs warning that these works will continue until the end of March. I understand that once this is complete the major works on the roundabouts at Bruce Street Bridges will begin in the summer and take a number of months. Probably best to avoid Great Western Way for the next year or so!
The majority of the problems on Great Western Way were caused by the lane closure on Great Western Way itself. This closure is due to work to power lines being carried out on behalf of SSE. There still seems to be no mention of this despite signs warning that these works will continue until the end of March. I understand that once this is complete the major works on the roundabouts at Bruce Street Bridges will begin in the summer and take a number of months. Probably best to avoid Great Western Way for the next year or so! VotingFloaterUK

9:31am Tue 21 Jan 14

Arrowfield says...

VotingFloaterUK wrote:
The majority of the problems on Great Western Way were caused by the lane closure on Great Western Way itself. This closure is due to work to power lines being carried out on behalf of SSE. There still seems to be no mention of this despite signs warning that these works will continue until the end of March. I understand that once this is complete the major works on the roundabouts at Bruce Street Bridges will begin in the summer and take a number of months. Probably best to avoid Great Western Way for the next year or so!
Probably best to avoid driving in Swindon for a few months. Traffic has steadily been getting worse for years.
[quote][p][bold]VotingFloaterUK[/bold] wrote: The majority of the problems on Great Western Way were caused by the lane closure on Great Western Way itself. This closure is due to work to power lines being carried out on behalf of SSE. There still seems to be no mention of this despite signs warning that these works will continue until the end of March. I understand that once this is complete the major works on the roundabouts at Bruce Street Bridges will begin in the summer and take a number of months. Probably best to avoid Great Western Way for the next year or so![/p][/quote]Probably best to avoid driving in Swindon for a few months. Traffic has steadily been getting worse for years. Arrowfield

10:53am Tue 21 Jan 14

House with no name says...

Wonderful planning by the local Council as usual closing off all the main arterial routes all at the same time - Bruce Street, Cheney Manor Road, The Wichel Road, Tadpole Lane - and what is happening around the Town Centre?

Of course there will be chaos all around the Town during peak travel times which will of course only serve to prolong peak times.

Traffic entering from North & West Swindon stand no chance of achieving reasonable travel times which will result in frustration, bad tempers and selfish driving - Will any lives be lost because Emergency Vehicles cannot get through gridlocked Roads during the next couple of months?

Did somebody say there are hundreds of new homes to be built that will be relying on the roads that are currently closed - If so we are getting a flavour of the road chaos to expect in the future.
Wonderful planning by the local Council as usual closing off all the main arterial routes all at the same time - Bruce Street, Cheney Manor Road, The Wichel Road, Tadpole Lane - and what is happening around the Town Centre? Of course there will be chaos all around the Town during peak travel times which will of course only serve to prolong peak times. Traffic entering from North & West Swindon stand no chance of achieving reasonable travel times which will result in frustration, bad tempers and selfish driving - Will any lives be lost because Emergency Vehicles cannot get through gridlocked Roads during the next couple of months? Did somebody say there are hundreds of new homes to be built that will be relying on the roads that are currently closed - If so we are getting a flavour of the road chaos to expect in the future. House with no name

1:16pm Tue 21 Jan 14

house on the hill says...

sn5 wrote:
As always the Adver take the negative view; they would be the first to complain if the sewers were not fixed
Not necessarily as they love writing cr4p!
[quote][p][bold]sn5[/bold] wrote: As always the Adver take the negative view; they would be the first to complain if the sewers were not fixed[/p][/quote]Not necessarily as they love writing cr4p! house on the hill

2:29pm Tue 21 Jan 14

cmcelderry says...

VotingFloaterUK wrote:
The majority of the problems on Great Western Way were caused by the lane closure on Great Western Way itself. This closure is due to work to power lines being carried out on behalf of SSE. There still seems to be no mention of this despite signs warning that these works will continue until the end of March. I understand that once this is complete the major works on the roundabouts at Bruce Street Bridges will begin in the summer and take a number of months. Probably best to avoid Great Western Way for the next year or so!
I don't understand why they've needed to reduce the feed from B&Q to Bruce Street Bridges to a single lane. Why not keep both lanes open, but simply make the left lane straight-on only, rather than straight-or-left?
[quote][p][bold]VotingFloaterUK[/bold] wrote: The majority of the problems on Great Western Way were caused by the lane closure on Great Western Way itself. This closure is due to work to power lines being carried out on behalf of SSE. There still seems to be no mention of this despite signs warning that these works will continue until the end of March. I understand that once this is complete the major works on the roundabouts at Bruce Street Bridges will begin in the summer and take a number of months. Probably best to avoid Great Western Way for the next year or so![/p][/quote]I don't understand why they've needed to reduce the feed from B&Q to Bruce Street Bridges to a single lane. Why not keep both lanes open, but simply make the left lane straight-on only, rather than straight-or-left? cmcelderry

4:36pm Tue 21 Jan 14

umpcah says...

House with no name wrote:
Wonderful planning by the local Council as usual closing off all the main arterial routes all at the same time - Bruce Street, Cheney Manor Road, The Wichel Road, Tadpole Lane - and what is happening around the Town Centre?

Of course there will be chaos all around the Town during peak travel times which will of course only serve to prolong peak times.

Traffic entering from North & West Swindon stand no chance of achieving reasonable travel times which will result in frustration, bad tempers and selfish driving - Will any lives be lost because Emergency Vehicles cannot get through gridlocked Roads during the next couple of months?

Did somebody say there are hundreds of new homes to be built that will be relying on the roads that are currently closed - If so we are getting a flavour of the road chaos to expect in the future.
Will any lives be lost because Emergency Vehicles cannot get through gridlocked Roads during the next couple of months?
Hopefully not too many.
[quote][p][bold]House with no name[/bold] wrote: Wonderful planning by the local Council as usual closing off all the main arterial routes all at the same time - Bruce Street, Cheney Manor Road, The Wichel Road, Tadpole Lane - and what is happening around the Town Centre? Of course there will be chaos all around the Town during peak travel times which will of course only serve to prolong peak times. Traffic entering from North & West Swindon stand no chance of achieving reasonable travel times which will result in frustration, bad tempers and selfish driving - Will any lives be lost because Emergency Vehicles cannot get through gridlocked Roads during the next couple of months? Did somebody say there are hundreds of new homes to be built that will be relying on the roads that are currently closed - If so we are getting a flavour of the road chaos to expect in the future.[/p][/quote]Will any lives be lost because Emergency Vehicles cannot get through gridlocked Roads during the next couple of months? Hopefully not too many. umpcah

7:30pm Tue 21 Jan 14

House with no name says...

The following evening:

"DRIVERS are being advised to avoid the A419 this evening following a crash involving three vehicles.

The accident was reported shortly before 5pm on the southbound entry sliproad. The slip road is blocked and due to this, police are reporting tailbacks all the way to the White Hart interchange."

Add this to all the other Road closures in place and the Swindon area will again be gridlocked - Just glad I don't have to go out this evening
The following evening: "DRIVERS are being advised to avoid the A419 this evening following a crash involving three vehicles. The accident was reported shortly before 5pm on the southbound entry sliproad. The slip road is blocked and due to this, police are reporting tailbacks all the way to the White Hart interchange." Add this to all the other Road closures in place and the Swindon area will again be gridlocked - Just glad I don't have to go out this evening House with no name

8:33am Wed 22 Jan 14

Lips1964 says...

What a joke it was this morning coming from Royal Wootton Bassett .
Firstly - signs on the Great Western Way stretch between Blagrove and Mannington, just a couple of hundred yards after Blagrove Roundabout indicating a lane closure so everyone slowing down to get in the outside lane causing queues and there was no lane closed at all !!
At Mannington roundabout it seemed most of traffic was heading into town to avoid Great Western Way outside B&Q prior to Bruce Street Bridges and the lane closure that was there on Monday but when I got there the lane closure had been removed and sailed through without delay.
It is pot luck whichever way you go as they seem to change their minds daily !!
What a joke it was this morning coming from Royal Wootton Bassett . Firstly - signs on the Great Western Way stretch between Blagrove and Mannington, just a couple of hundred yards after Blagrove Roundabout indicating a lane closure so everyone slowing down to get in the outside lane causing queues and there was no lane closed at all !! At Mannington roundabout it seemed most of traffic was heading into town to avoid Great Western Way outside B&Q prior to Bruce Street Bridges and the lane closure that was there on Monday but when I got there the lane closure had been removed and sailed through without delay. It is pot luck whichever way you go as they seem to change their minds daily !! Lips1964

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