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RUSH hour congestion along Wootton Bassett Road and Kingshill Road has been causing a nightmare for commuters.

Essential maintenance work being carried out by Thames Water on Wootton Bassett Road is slowing journeys to a crawl with queues of traffic stretching from Old Town to Mannington roundabout.

The cabinet member for transport at Swindon Borough Council has been caught up in the queues, having to abandon his car and cycle in to a crucial meeting on Monday night.

Tristan Foot, 34, had been caught up in the traffic for the first time since it started this week.

“I’m starting to wish I had gone another way,” he said. “This is the first time I have got stuck in it, but my wife was stuck coming back from Wroughton for about 40 minutes yesterday.”

Another motorist, who did not wish to be named, said: “It is absolutely terrible considering the Bruce Street Bridges are out as well with roadworks. This road was bad before all this started, and now it is just horrendous.”

Others were less aggravated with the situation.

Gavin Calthrop, 40, said: “It is what it is really. They are trying to improve things, so we have got to put up with it for a while. I can understand what they are trying to do.”

Keith Williams, cabinet member for highways, strategic transport and leisure, was late for a scrutiny meeting after becoming stuck in the jams.

“Both sets of traffic lights were backing up which caused quite extensive tailbacks along Great Western Way,” he said. “My initial concern was it was an accident, but when I realised it was a result of the tailbacks from Wootton Bassett Road I headed back to the west and got my bike to cycle in.

“A lot of the congestion is around early evening with people coming off Junction 16. It builds up when the traffic lights are changing at Mannington roundabout.

“I have been speaking to our highways team to see what options are open to us, but we believe the work being carried out by Thames Water is essential.

“Drivers tend to adapt quite readily and will find alternative routes. The problem we find is because the traffic tailbacks stretch beyond Great Western Way people can’t take that route around and go up Croft Hill.

“We also have some drivers who are blocking the road and not keeping the flows open, and that causes an additional problem.

“We are looking at putting box junction markings on Mannington roundabout in to reinforce the fact that people should not impede the road. “That is work scheduled for later this year.”

Meanwhile, the Wichelstowe bypass has reopened giving drivers an alternative way into Old Town.

Thames Water said the work was part of a major project which had been ongoing since August.

A spokesman for Thames water said: “Our temporary traffic lights in Wootton Bassett Road went out of synch this morning. “We are replacing them as a top priority to avoid any further traffic disruption, and are sorry for any delays this caused.”

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8:09am Wed 12 Feb 14

ChannelX says...

Just shows that Swindon's road network is now unfit for purpose.

One set of traffic lights is installed due to one lane of one road being closed and the entire town grinds to a complete halt for four hours a day.
Just shows that Swindon's road network is now unfit for purpose. One set of traffic lights is installed due to one lane of one road being closed and the entire town grinds to a complete halt for four hours a day. ChannelX

8:58am Wed 12 Feb 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

Leave early and beat the traffic, it is really that easy.
Leave early and beat the traffic, it is really that easy. A.Baron-Cohen

9:20am Wed 12 Feb 14

benzss says...

ChannelX wrote:
Just shows that Swindon's road network is now unfit for purpose.

One set of traffic lights is installed due to one lane of one road being closed and the entire town grinds to a complete halt for four hours a day.
This is the 2nd time this morning I've agreed with you.

I'm assuming snow and ice is on the way, because hell is about to freeze over.
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: Just shows that Swindon's road network is now unfit for purpose. One set of traffic lights is installed due to one lane of one road being closed and the entire town grinds to a complete halt for four hours a day.[/p][/quote]This is the 2nd time this morning I've agreed with you. I'm assuming snow and ice is on the way, because hell is about to freeze over. benzss

1:13pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Davey Gravey says...

ChannelX wrote:
Just shows that Swindon's road network is now unfit for purpose.

One set of traffic lights is installed due to one lane of one road being closed and the entire town grinds to a complete halt for four hours a day.
Yet you want to get rid of buses which would lead to more cars and more congestion.
There is simply too much traffic on the roads of a town that struggles to cope with it. Unless people change their selfish attitudes to getting about it will get worse.
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: Just shows that Swindon's road network is now unfit for purpose. One set of traffic lights is installed due to one lane of one road being closed and the entire town grinds to a complete halt for four hours a day.[/p][/quote]Yet you want to get rid of buses which would lead to more cars and more congestion. There is simply too much traffic on the roads of a town that struggles to cope with it. Unless people change their selfish attitudes to getting about it will get worse. Davey Gravey

2:17pm Wed 12 Feb 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
ChannelX wrote:
Just shows that Swindon's road network is now unfit for purpose.

One set of traffic lights is installed due to one lane of one road being closed and the entire town grinds to a complete halt for four hours a day.
Yet you want to get rid of buses which would lead to more cars and more congestion.
There is simply too much traffic on the roads of a town that struggles to cope with it. Unless people change their selfish attitudes to getting about it will get worse.
There is also the issue of immigrants and other Europeans driving on Swindons roads which is the root the problem. Vote UKIP !
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: Just shows that Swindon's road network is now unfit for purpose. One set of traffic lights is installed due to one lane of one road being closed and the entire town grinds to a complete halt for four hours a day.[/p][/quote]Yet you want to get rid of buses which would lead to more cars and more congestion. There is simply too much traffic on the roads of a town that struggles to cope with it. Unless people change their selfish attitudes to getting about it will get worse.[/p][/quote]There is also the issue of immigrants and other Europeans driving on Swindons roads which is the root the problem. Vote UKIP ! A.Baron-Cohen

5:05pm Wed 12 Feb 14

ChannelX says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
ChannelX wrote:
Just shows that Swindon's road network is now unfit for purpose.

One set of traffic lights is installed due to one lane of one road being closed and the entire town grinds to a complete halt for four hours a day.
Yet you want to get rid of buses which would lead to more cars and more congestion.
There is simply too much traffic on the roads of a town that struggles to cope with it. Unless people change their selfish attitudes to getting about it will get worse.
Wholly untrue.

Most buses run around for the majority of the day with either a handful of people on them, or none at all. They actually *cause* congestion rather than ease it and, of course, bus lanes create additional congestion at all times when roads are likely to be busy.

As others have said, lift the pointless and self-defeating restrictions and allow traffic to flow freely. Mannington Roundabout is a classic case in point: when the traffic lights are working, utter misery and needless congestion. When the lights are turned off, traffic flows much more quickly and sensibly and with far less queuing at any entrance.

And open up all the bus lanes to proper traffic, NOW.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: Just shows that Swindon's road network is now unfit for purpose. One set of traffic lights is installed due to one lane of one road being closed and the entire town grinds to a complete halt for four hours a day.[/p][/quote]Yet you want to get rid of buses which would lead to more cars and more congestion. There is simply too much traffic on the roads of a town that struggles to cope with it. Unless people change their selfish attitudes to getting about it will get worse.[/p][/quote]Wholly untrue. Most buses run around for the majority of the day with either a handful of people on them, or none at all. They actually *cause* congestion rather than ease it and, of course, bus lanes create additional congestion at all times when roads are likely to be busy. As others have said, lift the pointless and self-defeating restrictions and allow traffic to flow freely. Mannington Roundabout is a classic case in point: when the traffic lights are working, utter misery and needless congestion. When the lights are turned off, traffic flows much more quickly and sensibly and with far less queuing at any entrance. And open up all the bus lanes to proper traffic, NOW. ChannelX

5:07pm Wed 12 Feb 14

ChannelX says...

A.Baron-Cohen wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
ChannelX wrote:
Just shows that Swindon's road network is now unfit for purpose.

One set of traffic lights is installed due to one lane of one road being closed and the entire town grinds to a complete halt for four hours a day.
Yet you want to get rid of buses which would lead to more cars and more congestion.
There is simply too much traffic on the roads of a town that struggles to cope with it. Unless people change their selfish attitudes to getting about it will get worse.
There is also the issue of immigrants and other Europeans driving on Swindons roads which is the root the problem. Vote UKIP !
Oddly enough, it's a matter of documented and published fact that lorry drivers from the EU have brought about a disproportionate number of accidents on UK roads - but you just keep playing the fool and trying to deflect from the rather miserable reality.

That you appear utterly unable to accept.
[quote][p][bold]A.Baron-Cohen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: Just shows that Swindon's road network is now unfit for purpose. One set of traffic lights is installed due to one lane of one road being closed and the entire town grinds to a complete halt for four hours a day.[/p][/quote]Yet you want to get rid of buses which would lead to more cars and more congestion. There is simply too much traffic on the roads of a town that struggles to cope with it. Unless people change their selfish attitudes to getting about it will get worse.[/p][/quote]There is also the issue of immigrants and other Europeans driving on Swindons roads which is the root the problem. Vote UKIP ![/p][/quote]Oddly enough, it's a matter of documented and published fact that lorry drivers from the EU have brought about a disproportionate number of accidents on UK roads - but you just keep playing the fool and trying to deflect from the rather miserable reality. That you appear utterly unable to accept. ChannelX

8:35am Thu 13 Feb 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

ChannelX wrote:
A.Baron-Cohen wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
ChannelX wrote:
Just shows that Swindon's road network is now unfit for purpose.

One set of traffic lights is installed due to one lane of one road being closed and the entire town grinds to a complete halt for four hours a day.
Yet you want to get rid of buses which would lead to more cars and more congestion.
There is simply too much traffic on the roads of a town that struggles to cope with it. Unless people change their selfish attitudes to getting about it will get worse.
There is also the issue of immigrants and other Europeans driving on Swindons roads which is the root the problem. Vote UKIP !
Oddly enough, it's a matter of documented and published fact that lorry drivers from the EU have brought about a disproportionate number of accidents on UK roads - but you just keep playing the fool and trying to deflect from the rather miserable reality.

That you appear utterly unable to accept.
You are absolutely right, we should not allow foreigners to drive on British roads, vote UKIP!
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A.Baron-Cohen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: Just shows that Swindon's road network is now unfit for purpose. One set of traffic lights is installed due to one lane of one road being closed and the entire town grinds to a complete halt for four hours a day.[/p][/quote]Yet you want to get rid of buses which would lead to more cars and more congestion. There is simply too much traffic on the roads of a town that struggles to cope with it. Unless people change their selfish attitudes to getting about it will get worse.[/p][/quote]There is also the issue of immigrants and other Europeans driving on Swindons roads which is the root the problem. Vote UKIP ![/p][/quote]Oddly enough, it's a matter of documented and published fact that lorry drivers from the EU have brought about a disproportionate number of accidents on UK roads - but you just keep playing the fool and trying to deflect from the rather miserable reality. That you appear utterly unable to accept.[/p][/quote]You are absolutely right, we should not allow foreigners to drive on British roads, vote UKIP! A.Baron-Cohen

8:38am Thu 13 Feb 14

ChannelX says...

A.Baron-Cohen wrote:
ChannelX wrote:
A.Baron-Cohen wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
ChannelX wrote:
Just shows that Swindon's road network is now unfit for purpose.

One set of traffic lights is installed due to one lane of one road being closed and the entire town grinds to a complete halt for four hours a day.
Yet you want to get rid of buses which would lead to more cars and more congestion.
There is simply too much traffic on the roads of a town that struggles to cope with it. Unless people change their selfish attitudes to getting about it will get worse.
There is also the issue of immigrants and other Europeans driving on Swindons roads which is the root the problem. Vote UKIP !
Oddly enough, it's a matter of documented and published fact that lorry drivers from the EU have brought about a disproportionate number of accidents on UK roads - but you just keep playing the fool and trying to deflect from the rather miserable reality.

That you appear utterly unable to accept.
You are absolutely right, we should not allow foreigners to drive on British roads, vote UKIP!
You just keep playing the fool and trying to deflect from the rather miserable reality.
[quote][p][bold]A.Baron-Cohen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A.Baron-Cohen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: Just shows that Swindon's road network is now unfit for purpose. One set of traffic lights is installed due to one lane of one road being closed and the entire town grinds to a complete halt for four hours a day.[/p][/quote]Yet you want to get rid of buses which would lead to more cars and more congestion. There is simply too much traffic on the roads of a town that struggles to cope with it. Unless people change their selfish attitudes to getting about it will get worse.[/p][/quote]There is also the issue of immigrants and other Europeans driving on Swindons roads which is the root the problem. Vote UKIP ![/p][/quote]Oddly enough, it's a matter of documented and published fact that lorry drivers from the EU have brought about a disproportionate number of accidents on UK roads - but you just keep playing the fool and trying to deflect from the rather miserable reality. That you appear utterly unable to accept.[/p][/quote]You are absolutely right, we should not allow foreigners to drive on British roads, vote UKIP![/p][/quote]You just keep playing the fool and trying to deflect from the rather miserable reality. ChannelX

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