Motorists facing seven weeks of hell as part of A420 closes

This Is Wiltshire: Shrivenham Parish councillor Sarah Day pictured at a sign warning drivers about the closure of the A420 between Swindon and Oxford for seven weeks starting tomorrow Shrivenham Parish councillor Sarah Day pictured at a sign warning drivers about the closure of the A420 between Swindon and Oxford for seven weeks starting tomorrow

COMMUTERS are bracing themselves for almost two months of road chaos when a section of the A420 is closed from tomorrow.

Drivers travelling from Swindon to Oxford will be met with diversions and heavy delays while Oxfordshire Council close the busy route to carry out resurfacing work.

For seven weeks, the road will be shut from the Bourton turn-off up to the Watchfield roundabout. The closure is likely to result in many vehicles passing through nearby villages such as Shrivenham.

Up to 20,000 vehicles a day use the section of road, and local people, while accepting the work needs to be done, are asking drivers to try and find alternative routes if possible.

Sarah Day, chairwoman of Shrivenham parish council, said: “We know that whatever diversions are put in place we are going to see a lot of traffic coming through.

“What we would ask, is people please try and avoid passing through Shrivenham if they can avoid it. Fortunately we have two routes going either way, one along Faringdon Road and the other along Longcot Road.

“That should help a bit because parts of Longcot are so narrow it just wouldn’t be possible to have traffic going both ways and keep it flowing.

“The work has to be done but we want the impact on the people who live here to be as little as possible.”

Larger trucks, weighing more than 7.5 tonnes, will not be allowed to travel through the village and will have to take a much longer route, but Sarah is concerned how that will be enforced.

She said: “We are told it will be marshalled and there will be temporary traffic lights, but these will be at the Bourton junction, so any large truck which comes along the A420 will have to perform a turn in the road.

“If there is already traffic queuing then this will create all sorts of problems.”

Over the past couple of years various sections of the road have been closed for a temporary fix, but it is hoped this will provide a long term solution.

While buses from Swindon are not likely to be affected, local businesses are expecting the closure to hit trade, although they believe finally fixing the road will have long-term benefits.

Paul Booth, who is the franchisee of the Mcdonald’s restaurant near the Watchfield Roundabout, said: “Undoubtedly we are going to be impacted by the road closure, but at this stage it is hard to tell by how much.

“Hopefully though, this will be a case of short term pain for a long term gain.

“The council has been putting in quick fixes for a while. They wouldn’t be shutting the road if there wasn’t a good reason.”

A number of diversion routes have been put in place to minimise hold-ups.

A spokesman for Oxfordshire Council said: “Although the work will result in disruption, it is essential and should mean that no major road reconstruction will be required on this stretch of road for many years.

“All road users will be affected and severe delays are to be expected. Drivers should check travel plans and where possible consider alternative routes.”

Traffic to be diverted through Shrivenham

  • All HGVs over 7.5 tons will be prohibited from using the A420 and will be re-routed via the A34/M4.
  • All other traffic will be diverted through Shrivenham High Street which will have a 20mph speed restriction temporarily imposed from Townsend Road.
  • Oxford bound traffic will be directed onto Faringdon Road through the pinch point which will not be removed. A 30mph speed restriction will be temporarily imposed for the full length of Faringdon Road.
  • Swindon bound traffic will be diverted via Majors Road and Longcot Road and a 40mph speed restriction temporarily imposed. In addition there will be temporary 20mph speed restrictions through Bourton and Ashbury.
  • Contractors will be responsible for marshalling the traffic at both ends of the bypass and ensuring HGVs are turned back.
  • A number of signs will be located on both the A34 and M4 to encourage HGVs not to use the A420. 
  • Shops and businesses are to encourage deliveries to be outside peak hours if possible. lThe double yellow lines in Shrivenham High Street will be re-painted and traffic cones placed to ensure no parking from IV Florist to the Highworth Road

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12:49pm Tue 22 Jul 14

EmmBee says...

"hell" is probably too strong a word, really. "inconvenience" would have been better!
"hell" is probably too strong a word, really. "inconvenience" would have been better! EmmBee
  • Score: 20

12:55pm Tue 22 Jul 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

Depends on your definition of hell I suppose....
Depends on your definition of hell I suppose.... The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: 1

2:08pm Tue 22 Jul 14

house on the hill says...

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man wrote:
Depends on your definition of hell I suppose....
Maybe you should try living in the middle east or Africa before you make that judgement!
[quote][p][bold]The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man[/bold] wrote: Depends on your definition of hell I suppose....[/p][/quote]Maybe you should try living in the middle east or Africa before you make that judgement! house on the hill
  • Score: -7

2:08pm Tue 22 Jul 14

The Jockster says...

Surely the definition of hell is eating a MackyD burger full of all the crap additives that only make it fit for human consumption by treating the "meat" with a compound ala Jamie O's successful campaign to get MackyD's to stop using it!
As to a better road surface on the 420 amen to that it's been rubbish for years as soon as you cross the county border at Acorn bridge - and that goes for them salting the roads too!
Surely the definition of hell is eating a MackyD burger full of all the crap additives that only make it fit for human consumption by treating the "meat" with a compound ala Jamie O's successful campaign to get MackyD's to stop using it! As to a better road surface on the 420 amen to that it's been rubbish for years as soon as you cross the county border at Acorn bridge - and that goes for them salting the roads too! The Jockster
  • Score: -1

2:52pm Tue 22 Jul 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

house on the hill wrote:
The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man wrote:
Depends on your definition of hell I suppose....
Maybe you should try living in the middle east or Africa before you make that judgement!
Like I said, depends on your definition of hell... There's plenty of places in the both the Middle East and Africa that are perfectly nice and definitely much nicer than the A420, with or without roadworks!...
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man[/bold] wrote: Depends on your definition of hell I suppose....[/p][/quote]Maybe you should try living in the middle east or Africa before you make that judgement![/p][/quote]Like I said, depends on your definition of hell... There's plenty of places in the both the Middle East and Africa that are perfectly nice and definitely much nicer than the A420, with or without roadworks!... The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: 3

2:59pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Davey Gravey says...

Why it needs a complete closure I do not know? One lane could easily be kept open whilst works took place. The a34 is already a standstill most days and this will get worse.
Why it needs a complete closure I do not know? One lane could easily be kept open whilst works took place. The a34 is already a standstill most days and this will get worse. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 4

3:22pm Tue 22 Jul 14

maikeru83 says...

EmmBee wrote:
"hell" is probably too strong a word, really. "inconvenience" would have been better!
Spot on. I drive an 18T lorry, so the inconvenience for me will be that I have to go M4/A34 or through Lechlade. Hardly the end of the world. Car drivers should barely be inconvenienced at all, there're plenty of alternative routes around that way.
[quote][p][bold]EmmBee[/bold] wrote: "hell" is probably too strong a word, really. "inconvenience" would have been better![/p][/quote]Spot on. I drive an 18T lorry, so the inconvenience for me will be that I have to go M4/A34 or through Lechlade. Hardly the end of the world. Car drivers should barely be inconvenienced at all, there're plenty of alternative routes around that way. maikeru83
  • Score: 8

4:45pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Localboy86 says...

The Jockster wrote:
Surely the definition of hell is eating a MackyD burger full of all the crap additives that only make it fit for human consumption by treating the "meat" with a compound ala Jamie O's successful campaign to get MackyD's to stop using it!
As to a better road surface on the 420 amen to that it's been rubbish for years as soon as you cross the county border at Acorn bridge - and that goes for them salting the roads too!
That didn't apply to english mcdonalds, we have better food standards
[quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: Surely the definition of hell is eating a MackyD burger full of all the crap additives that only make it fit for human consumption by treating the "meat" with a compound ala Jamie O's successful campaign to get MackyD's to stop using it! As to a better road surface on the 420 amen to that it's been rubbish for years as soon as you cross the county border at Acorn bridge - and that goes for them salting the roads too![/p][/quote]That didn't apply to english mcdonalds, we have better food standards Localboy86
  • Score: 6

4:47pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Localboy86 says...

Have found a quicker route since they closed it :)
Have found a quicker route since they closed it :) Localboy86
  • Score: -3

5:37pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Hmmmf says...

Paul Booth said:
Undoubtedly we are going to be impacted by the road closure, but at this stage it is hard to tell by how much.

Well if you do find yourself impacted, Paul, you can always work it out with a pencil, the way constipated mathematicians do.
[quote][p][bold]Paul Booth[/bold] said: Undoubtedly we are going to be impacted by the road closure, but at this stage it is hard to tell by how much. [/quote] Well if you do find yourself impacted, Paul, you can always work it out with a pencil, the way constipated mathematicians do. Hmmmf
  • Score: 1

6:30pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Sir Fawn Maker says...

Hmmmf wrote:
Paul Booth said:
Undoubtedly we are going to be impacted by the road closure, but at this stage it is hard to tell by how much.

Well if you do find yourself impacted, Paul, you can always work it out with a pencil, the way constipated mathematicians do.
guess who was watching dibley on uk gold in the last couple of days
[quote][p][bold]Hmmmf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Paul Booth[/bold] said: Undoubtedly we are going to be impacted by the road closure, but at this stage it is hard to tell by how much. [/quote] Well if you do find yourself impacted, Paul, you can always work it out with a pencil, the way constipated mathematicians do.[/p][/quote]guess who was watching dibley on uk gold in the last couple of days Sir Fawn Maker
  • Score: 1

9:48am Wed 23 Jul 14

BCDR99 says...

That's 7 weeks of stories with pictures of residents of all of the villages within 5 miles of this road closure standing around with their arms folded and a frown on their faces pointing at the 3 extra cars a day that will come through their road.
Good work!!
That's 7 weeks of stories with pictures of residents of all of the villages within 5 miles of this road closure standing around with their arms folded and a frown on their faces pointing at the 3 extra cars a day that will come through their road. Good work!! BCDR99
  • Score: 3

10:11am Wed 23 Jul 14

PaulD says...

BCDR99 wrote:
That's 7 weeks of stories with pictures of residents of all of the villages within 5 miles of this road closure standing around with their arms folded and a frown on their faces pointing at the 3 extra cars a day that will come through their road.
Good work!!
don't forget the reactolight glasses!
[quote][p][bold]BCDR99[/bold] wrote: That's 7 weeks of stories with pictures of residents of all of the villages within 5 miles of this road closure standing around with their arms folded and a frown on their faces pointing at the 3 extra cars a day that will come through their road. Good work!![/p][/quote]don't forget the reactolight glasses! PaulD
  • Score: 0

1:09pm Wed 23 Jul 14

John Smith II says...

Poor residents.... ....how much did their villages benefit when the A420 was by-passed around them? How much taxpayers money was spent on the bypasses? How much did the then householders benefit in terms of living environment and property values?

At the end of the day they lie on public roads that may be used by any vehicle that is permitted.
Poor residents.... ....how much did their villages benefit when the A420 was by-passed around them? How much taxpayers money was spent on the bypasses? How much did the then householders benefit in terms of living environment and property values? At the end of the day they lie on public roads that may be used by any vehicle that is permitted. John Smith II
  • Score: 4

8:01am Tue 29 Jul 14

bilbobaggins53 says...

Thanks very much to the numbties who organised the diversion signs. They are virtually non existant, and at best are ambiguous. I only hope the contractors know more about road laying than signage, or will we have the same confusion in another 5 years.
Thanks very much to the numbties who organised the diversion signs. They are virtually non existant, and at best are ambiguous. I only hope the contractors know more about road laying than signage, or will we have the same confusion in another 5 years. bilbobaggins53
  • Score: 0

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