Rat-runs to shut for safety at Dauntsey Lock Bridge

This Is Wiltshire: Residents, including John Davenport, second from right, are pleased about the closure Residents, including John Davenport, second from right, are pleased about the closure

Residents affected by the closure of the Dauntsey Lock Bridge are celebrating a decision to shut three lanes used as rat-runs by drivers avoiding the official diversion.

Bowd’s Lane, Trow Lane and the lane from Tockenham Wick to Grittenham will be closed to everyone apart from residents while work on the bridge continues.

The bridge, which shut on March 8, will be closed for four more months as part of works to provide an electric rail service from London Paddington to Bristol by 2016.

The official diversion route takes drivers along the B4069 to Chippenham, where they can join the A4 to Calne and head north on the A3102 to Royal Wootton Bassett.

But residents have seen several lorry drivers ignore this and get stuck in the narrow country lanes after trying to find a short-cut. They have also raised concerns about motorists speeding down the lanes, which makes it hard to exercise horses and allow children out to play.

0 resident John Davenport witnessed an accident on the morning of March 27, when a car went into a ditch and had to be towed out.

He said: “It could have been quite a nasty accident. There’s at least another four months to go and that’s if the bridge work goes to time.”

All three lanes will be closed as soon as possible, according to Alister Storey, principal traffic engineer for Wiltshire Council, who emailed residents the same day as the accident.

He said: “I have requested that Network Rail procure the appropriate signs as a matter of urgency. Once the signs are available, a legal notice will be put in place that will make the closure enforceable by the police.”

Trow Lane resident Georgina Ingram said: “It’s a huge relief because it was getting dangerous. I have twin four-year-olds and you just couldn’t go outside. It’s been a bit of a dice with death getting out of the driveway.

“The road has got so bad with people driving on the verges. People don’t keep to the speed limits. They realise there are no road works, so they just put their foot down.

“We will be out in the lane taking photos. We will have to be quite strict about it and report people. Hopefully, we can get our road safe again.”

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11:10am Thu 3 Apr 14

Paul Tucker says...

"Tockenham Wick to Grittleton"? Surely, Grittenham.
"Tockenham Wick to Grittleton"? Surely, Grittenham. Paul Tucker
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6:17pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Local-driver says...

I am sorry but just about every road has had an accident on it at some time or another. As a tax paying resident can someone please explain why I can not utilise a road that is part of the highways system inside England? I have used these roads for quite some time now and have been very courteous to the horse riders and have had pleasant conversations with them so do not see this as an issue. Does this also mean that people can not come to view houses that may be for sale or journey to their place of work if they are on one of these roads. This decision is a joke and totally in-enforceable. I welcome comments from the residents
I am sorry but just about every road has had an accident on it at some time or another. As a tax paying resident can someone please explain why I can not utilise a road that is part of the highways system inside England? I have used these roads for quite some time now and have been very courteous to the horse riders and have had pleasant conversations with them so do not see this as an issue. Does this also mean that people can not come to view houses that may be for sale or journey to their place of work if they are on one of these roads. This decision is a joke and totally in-enforceable. I welcome comments from the residents Local-driver
  • Score: 20

6:46pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Local-driver says...

Sorry I should have put 'a tax paying resident of wiltshire'
Sorry I should have put 'a tax paying resident of wiltshire' Local-driver
  • Score: 3

11:10am Fri 4 Apr 14

Stanley Baxter says...

Why can't they make these roads one way. We suggested this before they closed the bridge. Up one and down the other. It makes far more sense than closing them.

We use Bowds lane if we are gong home after 10pm and hardly ever meet anything. Another suggestion would be to open them over night when traffic is lighter.

Will they keep them closed when they close Skew bridge in September? That will be chaos for another six months.

I think if they are going to close these roads they should tarmac bollards in half way up so that it means the roads are totally closed for everybody including the residents still being able to drive all the way through.

Rant over.
Why can't they make these roads one way. We suggested this before they closed the bridge. Up one and down the other. It makes far more sense than closing them. We use Bowds lane if we are gong home after 10pm and hardly ever meet anything. Another suggestion would be to open them over night when traffic is lighter. Will they keep them closed when they close Skew bridge in September? That will be chaos for another six months. I think if they are going to close these roads they should tarmac bollards in half way up so that it means the roads are totally closed for everybody including the residents still being able to drive all the way through. Rant over. Stanley Baxter
  • Score: 6

11:50am Fri 4 Apr 14

wiltshireborne says...

Seems unbelievably selfish to me.
These are not private roads. They are open to use by all.
Does a local councillor live there by any chance? I'm amazed the Highway Department signed off on this one.
I just hope one of them isn't stupid enough to put themselves in harm's way just to prove a point.
Seems unbelievably selfish to me. These are not private roads. They are open to use by all. Does a local councillor live there by any chance? I'm amazed the Highway Department signed off on this one. I just hope one of them isn't stupid enough to put themselves in harm's way just to prove a point. wiltshireborne
  • Score: 8

5:13pm Sat 5 Apr 14

John Davenport says...

Unfortunately for 'local driver' his courtesy and consideration for people, children and animals was far from universal. As too frequently happens, the thoughtless have spoilt things for the well-behaved. As for being un-enforceable, anyone ignoring the restriction risks being reported to the police who, I am assured, will take appropiate action to uphold the law. Sad but necessary. Let's hope normal serviced will be restored as soon as possible.
Unfortunately for 'local driver' his courtesy and consideration for people, children and animals was far from universal. As too frequently happens, the thoughtless have spoilt things for the well-behaved. As for being un-enforceable, anyone ignoring the restriction risks being reported to the police who, I am assured, will take appropiate action to uphold the law. Sad but necessary. Let's hope normal serviced will be restored as soon as possible. John Davenport
  • Score: -8

5:17pm Sat 5 Apr 14

John Davenport says...

Stanley Baxter's comments are right on the mark. Sadly almost nothing was done to think through the effects of the closure of the B4069 before the bridge was shut on March 8th. As a consequence, those who live locally - both in the lanes and close at hand - have suffered. The people really disadvantaged here are those who live either side of the bridge in Dauntsey itself.
Stanley Baxter's comments are right on the mark. Sadly almost nothing was done to think through the effects of the closure of the B4069 before the bridge was shut on March 8th. As a consequence, those who live locally - both in the lanes and close at hand - have suffered. The people really disadvantaged here are those who live either side of the bridge in Dauntsey itself. John Davenport
  • Score: 4

5:29pm Sat 5 Apr 14

John Davenport says...

Sorry to disagree with 'wiltshireborne' but the selfish ones were the inconsiderate drivers of everything from HGVs and trucks to vans and cars who thought they knew how to shave a couple of minutes off their journey time. To my knowledge, there is no councillor living on Trow or Bowd's Lane And do we take it from wiltshireborne's last comment that he has the intention of driving over anyone that gets in his way ? Then it is him that needs counselling. The Police arrange very good courses for that sort of thing. But perhaps this is why he doesn't want to associate his proper name with his comment.
Sorry to disagree with 'wiltshireborne' but the selfish ones were the inconsiderate drivers of everything from HGVs and trucks to vans and cars who thought they knew how to shave a couple of minutes off their journey time. To my knowledge, there is no councillor living on Trow or Bowd's Lane And do we take it from wiltshireborne's last comment that he has the intention of driving over anyone that gets in his way ? Then it is him that needs counselling. The Police arrange very good courses for that sort of thing. But perhaps this is why he doesn't want to associate his proper name with his comment. John Davenport
  • Score: -8

2:31pm Sun 6 Apr 14

BradenstokeResident says...

I do sympathise with the residents who live down these narrow roads and to me this is a case of Wiltshire Council failing to plan for this event. However, as a resident of Bradenstoke, a self-employed individual that is working currently in Cardiff, this will add nearly 20 miles each way to my journey. Using these roads made this a more acceptable additional 4 miles. So I am now being put significantly out of pocket due to this action. I have always driven slowly and courteously when using these roads, public roads, of which I pay my road tax to use. If these residents would like to make a contribution to my costs I would very much appreciate it! What will happen when Skew Bridge closes we will all wait and see, because the way the council has organised this, all I can see is further chaos.
I do sympathise with the residents who live down these narrow roads and to me this is a case of Wiltshire Council failing to plan for this event. However, as a resident of Bradenstoke, a self-employed individual that is working currently in Cardiff, this will add nearly 20 miles each way to my journey. Using these roads made this a more acceptable additional 4 miles. So I am now being put significantly out of pocket due to this action. I have always driven slowly and courteously when using these roads, public roads, of which I pay my road tax to use. If these residents would like to make a contribution to my costs I would very much appreciate it! What will happen when Skew Bridge closes we will all wait and see, because the way the council has organised this, all I can see is further chaos. BradenstokeResident
  • Score: 4

7:00pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Local-driver says...

Isn't it funny that the highways authority do not recognise that these roads are closed! Is there a possibility of someone circumventing the official regulations, a councillor perhaps, who just happens to live in this area.

I am sorry but until the highways agency confirms this route as shut I will continue to use it. I have also been scouring the wiltshire council website for a recent bye laws that would obviously have to be passed, but there seems to be a distinct lack of the official elements being confirmed in this case???
Isn't it funny that the highways authority do not recognise that these roads are closed! Is there a possibility of someone circumventing the official regulations, a councillor perhaps, who just happens to live in this area. I am sorry but until the highways agency confirms this route as shut I will continue to use it. I have also been scouring the wiltshire council website for a recent bye laws that would obviously have to be passed, but there seems to be a distinct lack of the official elements being confirmed in this case??? Local-driver
  • Score: 3

10:38am Mon 7 Apr 14

Highways68 says...

Local-driver wrote:
Isn't it funny that the highways authority do not recognise that these roads are closed! Is there a possibility of someone circumventing the official regulations, a councillor perhaps, who just happens to live in this area. I am sorry but until the highways agency confirms this route as shut I will continue to use it. I have also been scouring the wiltshire council website for a recent bye laws that would obviously have to be passed, but there seems to be a distinct lack of the official elements being confirmed in this case???
What have rural lanes in Wiltshire got to do with the Highways Agency?

I would suggest a read on the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended, there you will find that the Highway Authority has the power to close the roads. Ignore the closure and you face a fine.
[quote][p][bold]Local-driver[/bold] wrote: Isn't it funny that the highways authority do not recognise that these roads are closed! Is there a possibility of someone circumventing the official regulations, a councillor perhaps, who just happens to live in this area. I am sorry but until the highways agency confirms this route as shut I will continue to use it. I have also been scouring the wiltshire council website for a recent bye laws that would obviously have to be passed, but there seems to be a distinct lack of the official elements being confirmed in this case???[/p][/quote]What have rural lanes in Wiltshire got to do with the Highways Agency? I would suggest a read on the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended, there you will find that the Highway Authority has the power to close the roads. Ignore the closure and you face a fine. Highways68
  • Score: 3

11:46am Mon 7 Apr 14

LocalDriver says...

John Davenport wrote:
Sorry to disagree with 'wiltshireborne' but the selfish ones were the inconsiderate drivers of everything from HGVs and trucks to vans and cars who thought they knew how to shave a couple of minutes off their journey time. To my knowledge, there is no councillor living on Trow or Bowd's Lane And do we take it from wiltshireborne's last comment that he has the intention of driving over anyone that gets in his way ? Then it is him that needs counselling. The Police arrange very good courses for that sort of thing. But perhaps this is why he doesn't want to associate his proper name with his comment.
John, please quote accurate times. We are not talking about shaving a few minutes off journeys more like 20 minutes. To fully understand the impact to locals can I suggest you work as if one end of your road is closed then maybe you can understand some of the reactions and cost to people!!
[quote][p][bold]John Davenport[/bold] wrote: Sorry to disagree with 'wiltshireborne' but the selfish ones were the inconsiderate drivers of everything from HGVs and trucks to vans and cars who thought they knew how to shave a couple of minutes off their journey time. To my knowledge, there is no councillor living on Trow or Bowd's Lane And do we take it from wiltshireborne's last comment that he has the intention of driving over anyone that gets in his way ? Then it is him that needs counselling. The Police arrange very good courses for that sort of thing. But perhaps this is why he doesn't want to associate his proper name with his comment.[/p][/quote]John, please quote accurate times. We are not talking about shaving a few minutes off journeys more like 20 minutes. To fully understand the impact to locals can I suggest you work as if one end of your road is closed then maybe you can understand some of the reactions and cost to people!! LocalDriver
  • Score: 1

5:07pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Paul Tucker says...

Stanley Baxter wrote:
Why can't they make these roads one way. We suggested this before they closed the bridge. Up one and down the other. It makes far more sense than closing them.

We use Bowds lane if we are gong home after 10pm and hardly ever meet anything. Another suggestion would be to open them over night when traffic is lighter.

Will they keep them closed when they close Skew bridge in September? That will be chaos for another six months.

I think if they are going to close these roads they should tarmac bollards in half way up so that it means the roads are totally closed for everybody including the residents still being able to drive all the way through.

Rant over.
The one-way idea seems to be the most sensible one on this thread.
[quote][p][bold]Stanley Baxter[/bold] wrote: Why can't they make these roads one way. We suggested this before they closed the bridge. Up one and down the other. It makes far more sense than closing them. We use Bowds lane if we are gong home after 10pm and hardly ever meet anything. Another suggestion would be to open them over night when traffic is lighter. Will they keep them closed when they close Skew bridge in September? That will be chaos for another six months. I think if they are going to close these roads they should tarmac bollards in half way up so that it means the roads are totally closed for everybody including the residents still being able to drive all the way through. Rant over.[/p][/quote]The one-way idea seems to be the most sensible one on this thread. Paul Tucker
  • Score: 3

5:28pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Phorever says...

The simple solution would of been for network rail to put a temporary bridge in beside the bridge they are working on.
I've seen this done in many places.
The simple solution would of been for network rail to put a temporary bridge in beside the bridge they are working on. I've seen this done in many places. Phorever
  • Score: 3

9:38pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Mr Fed Up of Wasting My Petrol says...

John Davenport wrote:
Sorry to disagree with 'wiltshireborne' but the selfish ones were the inconsiderate drivers of everything from HGVs and trucks to vans and cars who thought they knew how to shave a couple of minutes off their journey time. To my knowledge, there is no councillor living on Trow or Bowd's Lane And do we take it from wiltshireborne's last comment that he has the intention of driving over anyone that gets in his way ? Then it is him that needs counselling. The Police arrange very good courses for that sort of thing. But perhaps this is why he doesn't want to associate his proper name with his comment.
HGVs and trucks?
Surely the 11ft bridge is enough to stop a HGV from using this road?
To my mind you are a bunch of pompous stuck up arrogant time wasters with too much time on your hands.
I agree that it is an inconvenience to all 7 of you residents but life goes on.
in the big scheme of things this a small temporary issue that you and your select wealthy friends should learn to live with.
For the sake of commuters and local businesses get a life.
[quote][p][bold]John Davenport[/bold] wrote: Sorry to disagree with 'wiltshireborne' but the selfish ones were the inconsiderate drivers of everything from HGVs and trucks to vans and cars who thought they knew how to shave a couple of minutes off their journey time. To my knowledge, there is no councillor living on Trow or Bowd's Lane And do we take it from wiltshireborne's last comment that he has the intention of driving over anyone that gets in his way ? Then it is him that needs counselling. The Police arrange very good courses for that sort of thing. But perhaps this is why he doesn't want to associate his proper name with his comment.[/p][/quote]HGVs and trucks? Surely the 11ft bridge is enough to stop a HGV from using this road? To my mind you are a bunch of pompous stuck up arrogant time wasters with too much time on your hands. I agree that it is an inconvenience to all 7 of you residents but life goes on. in the big scheme of things this a small temporary issue that you and your select wealthy friends should learn to live with. For the sake of commuters and local businesses get a life. Mr Fed Up of Wasting My Petrol
  • Score: 4

9:09am Fri 11 Apr 14

Dauntsey resident says...

As a Dauntsey resident living by the bridge these new road closures are a nightmare - highly inconvenient and with a 6 month timeframe will have a massive impact. As a family we typically cross the bridge 6-8 times daily... The 20-mile official diversion is simply too long and badly thought through by Network Rail and Wiltshire Council. Are they suggesting this as a serious route to buy milk from local shops in Lyneham or to drop children off at school? Sympathies for those living in Trow Lane but a one-way system or local traffic only scheme would have been far better than this heavyhanded approach. Not happy of Dauntsey.
As a Dauntsey resident living by the bridge these new road closures are a nightmare - highly inconvenient and with a 6 month timeframe will have a massive impact. As a family we typically cross the bridge 6-8 times daily... The 20-mile official diversion is simply too long and badly thought through by Network Rail and Wiltshire Council. Are they suggesting this as a serious route to buy milk from local shops in Lyneham or to drop children off at school? Sympathies for those living in Trow Lane but a one-way system or local traffic only scheme would have been far better than this heavyhanded approach. Not happy of Dauntsey. Dauntsey resident
  • Score: 6

3:03pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Pammy62 says...

Mr Fed Up of Wasting My Petrol wrote:
John Davenport wrote:
Sorry to disagree with 'wiltshireborne' but the selfish ones were the inconsiderate drivers of everything from HGVs and trucks to vans and cars who thought they knew how to shave a couple of minutes off their journey time. To my knowledge, there is no councillor living on Trow or Bowd's Lane And do we take it from wiltshireborne's last comment that he has the intention of driving over anyone that gets in his way ? Then it is him that needs counselling. The Police arrange very good courses for that sort of thing. But perhaps this is why he doesn't want to associate his proper name with his comment.
HGVs and trucks?
Surely the 11ft bridge is enough to stop a HGV from using this road?
To my mind you are a bunch of pompous stuck up arrogant time wasters with too much time on your hands.
I agree that it is an inconvenience to all 7 of you residents but life goes on.
in the big scheme of things this a small temporary issue that you and your select wealthy friends should learn to live with.
For the sake of commuters and local businesses get a life.
Totally agree with both "Mr Fed Up Of Wasting Mt Petrol" and "Dauntsey Resident" as it seems that the few residents of Trow and Bowd's Lane are not willing to compromise at all and are simple not prepared to put up with a bit of disruption. I agree that HGV's should be banned from the lanes as clearly, they are not designed to carry such heavy traffic but normal traffic should be allowed and as previously suggested, an up and down route put in place. No doubt the residents of the lanes will oppose this too.

Talking of time wasters and getting a life, has anyone come across the woman in the white van who spends her whole life patrolling Trow lane and pointlessly photographs drivers? What a laugh as no-one takes a blind bit of notice of her.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Fed Up of Wasting My Petrol[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John Davenport[/bold] wrote: Sorry to disagree with 'wiltshireborne' but the selfish ones were the inconsiderate drivers of everything from HGVs and trucks to vans and cars who thought they knew how to shave a couple of minutes off their journey time. To my knowledge, there is no councillor living on Trow or Bowd's Lane And do we take it from wiltshireborne's last comment that he has the intention of driving over anyone that gets in his way ? Then it is him that needs counselling. The Police arrange very good courses for that sort of thing. But perhaps this is why he doesn't want to associate his proper name with his comment.[/p][/quote]HGVs and trucks? Surely the 11ft bridge is enough to stop a HGV from using this road? To my mind you are a bunch of pompous stuck up arrogant time wasters with too much time on your hands. I agree that it is an inconvenience to all 7 of you residents but life goes on. in the big scheme of things this a small temporary issue that you and your select wealthy friends should learn to live with. For the sake of commuters and local businesses get a life.[/p][/quote]Totally agree with both "Mr Fed Up Of Wasting Mt Petrol" and "Dauntsey Resident" as it seems that the few residents of Trow and Bowd's Lane are not willing to compromise at all and are simple not prepared to put up with a bit of disruption. I agree that HGV's should be banned from the lanes as clearly, they are not designed to carry such heavy traffic but normal traffic should be allowed and as previously suggested, an up and down route put in place. No doubt the residents of the lanes will oppose this too. Talking of time wasters and getting a life, has anyone come across the woman in the white van who spends her whole life patrolling Trow lane and pointlessly photographs drivers? What a laugh as no-one takes a blind bit of notice of her. Pammy62
  • Score: 4

6:43pm Thu 17 Apr 14

grandcru36 says...

The Lanes are closed under emergency closure order under Section 14(2) Road Traffic Act 1984. The closure order is for 21 days expiring on the 25 April. Please lobby the Council not to extend the order. Our local Councillor does have a conflict of interest in that she owns land in Trows lane, so I suggest you lobby the Council direct. Perhaps then the voices of the residents of the local villages will then be heard as well as from the residents of the 11 house and one farm on the 2 lanes.
Richard Bradenstke
The Lanes are closed under emergency closure order under Section 14(2) Road Traffic Act 1984. The closure order is for 21 days expiring on the 25 April. Please lobby the Council not to extend the order. Our local Councillor does have a conflict of interest in that she owns land in Trows lane, so I suggest you lobby the Council direct. Perhaps then the voices of the residents of the local villages will then be heard as well as from the residents of the 11 house and one farm on the 2 lanes. Richard Bradenstke grandcru36
  • Score: 4

7:25pm Thu 17 Apr 14

WrensRule says...

Do these few people have more rights than everyone else? Everyone living in a small village or on a small lane have problems with people driving too fast HOWEVER I would love to know how people have been speeding down these lanes as they are so badly maintained that even in a 4x4 u have a problem getting above 25mph
Do these few people have more rights than everyone else? Everyone living in a small village or on a small lane have problems with people driving too fast HOWEVER I would love to know how people have been speeding down these lanes as they are so badly maintained that even in a 4x4 u have a problem getting above 25mph WrensRule
  • Score: 3

7:39pm Sun 27 Apr 14

i hate potholes says...

Lane closure has expired on the 25th of April. Return to free travel to road tax paying commuters
Lane closure has expired on the 25th of April. Return to free travel to road tax paying commuters i hate potholes
  • Score: 1

7:48am Tue 29 Apr 14

grandcru36 says...

Re relationships between interested parties in Trow Lane. Councillor owns land in Trowe Lane. Is also a director of the company Destinyrealm Ltd together with a resident! To close for comfort!
Re relationships between interested parties in Trow Lane. Councillor owns land in Trowe Lane. Is also a director of the company Destinyrealm Ltd together with a resident! To close for comfort! grandcru36
  • Score: 2

10:58pm Tue 29 Apr 14

i hate potholes says...

Unfortunately road closure has been renewed from the 26th for another 21 days.
Unfortunately road closure has been renewed from the 26th for another 21 days. i hate potholes
  • Score: 0

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