THE LIST: 8 Swindon roundabouts that drive us round the bend

This Is Wiltshire: THE LIST: 8 Swindon roundabouts that drive us round the bend THE LIST: 8 Swindon roundabouts that drive us round the bend

SWINDON is well-known for its roundabouts. The most famous of them all, the Magic Roundabout, is often discussed in hushed tones by road enthusiasts on the other side of the pond. It has received global recognition after being featured in the top 12 roundabouts in the world and has appeared in countless calendars compiled by the National Roundabout Appreciation Society.

But we think the quirky landmark has been given a hard time, and there are in fact, other far more hated roundabouts in the town.

Here’s our list of roundabouts that really get our goat. But please, if you disagree, let us know yours below.

1. High Street/ Newport Street/ Marlborough Road roundabout

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2. Kingshill roundabout

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3. Mannington roundabout

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4. Moonrakers roundabout

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5. Farmfoods roundabout, outside Rodbourne Cheney Primary School

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6. Greenbridge roundabout

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7. Bruce Street Bridges 

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8. Transfer Bridges

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4:51pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Nogitsune says...

Agree with the the roundabouts mentioned in the article but aren't they the only main roundabouts in Swindon??
Agree with the the roundabouts mentioned in the article but aren't they the only main roundabouts in Swindon?? Nogitsune
  • Score: 9

4:54pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Cooking_by_smoke_alarm says...

I like them all; some are aesthetically quite pleasing.
Much much better than a boring old 'T' junction/ traffic lights.
Nice to see some wildflowers growing in the middle of some of the roundabouts, reminds me of summers past.
I like them all; some are aesthetically quite pleasing. Much much better than a boring old 'T' junction/ traffic lights. Nice to see some wildflowers growing in the middle of some of the roundabouts, reminds me of summers past. Cooking_by_smoke_alarm
  • Score: 11

5:04pm Mon 18 Aug 14

cmcelderry says...

As Cooking_by_smoke_ala
rm says, a roundabout is far superior to a traffic light controlled junction. I like the fact that there's a skill to efficiently negotiating a junction such as Bruce Street Bridges, in that you can choose which set of sub-roundabouts to use. With a bit a local knowledge, you can gain an advantage over casual users of the junction.

All we need now is for some of these improvements to be implemented! : http://alternativesw
indonroads.blogspot.
co.uk/
As Cooking_by_smoke_ala rm says, a roundabout is far superior to a traffic light controlled junction. I like the fact that there's a skill to efficiently negotiating a junction such as Bruce Street Bridges, in that you can choose which set of sub-roundabouts to use. With a bit a local knowledge, you can gain an advantage over casual users of the junction. All we need now is for some of these improvements to be implemented! : http://alternativesw indonroads.blogspot. co.uk/ cmcelderry
  • Score: 11

5:05pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Wildwestener says...

Slow news day at the Adver it seems. Newsflash; Swindon has always had a lot of roundabouts - it is not news. If this is the best you can do, perhaps you should make the paper weekly.
Slow news day at the Adver it seems. Newsflash; Swindon has always had a lot of roundabouts - it is not news. If this is the best you can do, perhaps you should make the paper weekly. Wildwestener
  • Score: -3

5:14pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Craig Lyus says...

Catch up, Wildwestener, the clue is in the title. THE LIST is a weekly feature and has been for some time - it's not being passed off as news, these items are purely online content designed to break-up reams of heavier articles and encourage debate. They are produced as an accompaniment to our standard news output, not as a replacement. It's like moaning about free bread in a restaurant.
Catch up, Wildwestener, the clue is in the title. THE LIST is a weekly feature and has been for some time - it's not being passed off as news, these items are purely online content designed to break-up reams of heavier articles and encourage debate. They are produced as an accompaniment to our standard news output, not as a replacement. It's like moaning about free bread in a restaurant. Craig Lyus
  • Score: 26

5:56pm Mon 18 Aug 14

LordCharles says...

The roundabout that most annoys me is the one they took away from the bottom of Princes Street. Nowadays there is a crazy system where you cannot turn right into Corporation Street, you get caught up in strange bus lanes and there is an acre of bare paving with six trees. What is that all about?
The roundabout that most annoys me is the one they took away from the bottom of Princes Street. Nowadays there is a crazy system where you cannot turn right into Corporation Street, you get caught up in strange bus lanes and there is an acre of bare paving with six trees. What is that all about? LordCharles
  • Score: 40

5:58pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Wildwestener says...

Craig Lyus wrote:
Catch up, Wildwestener, the clue is in the title. THE LIST is a weekly feature and has been for some time - it's not being passed off as news, these items are purely online content designed to break-up reams of heavier articles and encourage debate. They are produced as an accompaniment to our standard news output, not as a replacement. It's like moaning about free bread in a restaurant.
well that told me
[quote][p][bold]Craig Lyus[/bold] wrote: Catch up, Wildwestener, the clue is in the title. THE LIST is a weekly feature and has been for some time - it's not being passed off as news, these items are purely online content designed to break-up reams of heavier articles and encourage debate. They are produced as an accompaniment to our standard news output, not as a replacement. It's like moaning about free bread in a restaurant.[/p][/quote]well that told me Wildwestener
  • Score: 10

8:11pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

It certainly did 😄
I totally agree with the comment about the Whalebridge junction.
Bring back the roundabout and open the roads up
It certainly did 😄 I totally agree with the comment about the Whalebridge junction. Bring back the roundabout and open the roads up Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: 11

8:23pm Mon 18 Aug 14

AndyJH says...

cmcelderry wrote:
As Cooking_by_smoke_ala

rm says, a roundabout is far superior to a traffic light controlled junction. I like the fact that there's a skill to efficiently negotiating a junction such as Bruce Street Bridges, in that you can choose which set of sub-roundabouts to use. With a bit a local knowledge, you can gain an advantage over casual users of the junction.

All we need now is for some of these improvements to be implemented! : http://alternativesw

indonroads.blogspot.

co.uk/
far too many drivers just don't know how to route themselves these day let alone how to approach and navigate a roundabout at the right speed to maintain traffic flow.
[quote][p][bold]cmcelderry[/bold] wrote: As Cooking_by_smoke_ala rm says, a roundabout is far superior to a traffic light controlled junction. I like the fact that there's a skill to efficiently negotiating a junction such as Bruce Street Bridges, in that you can choose which set of sub-roundabouts to use. With a bit a local knowledge, you can gain an advantage over casual users of the junction. All we need now is for some of these improvements to be implemented! : http://alternativesw indonroads.blogspot. co.uk/[/p][/quote]far too many drivers just don't know how to route themselves these day let alone how to approach and navigate a roundabout at the right speed to maintain traffic flow. AndyJH
  • Score: 12

10:02pm Mon 18 Aug 14

We're all doomed says...

What about Greenbridge roundabout? Where people think just because there are some lines painted on the road they can go all the way round in the outside lane without even indicating. (Try finding that in the Highway code).
What about Greenbridge roundabout? Where people think just because there are some lines painted on the road they can go all the way round in the outside lane without even indicating. (Try finding that in the Highway code). We're all doomed
  • Score: 5

10:35pm Mon 18 Aug 14

twasadawf says...

Magic Roundabout like the name say's its Magic best roundabout in the country, and if you can't use it you shouldn't be driving
Magic Roundabout like the name say's its Magic best roundabout in the country, and if you can't use it you shouldn't be driving twasadawf
  • Score: 26

8:59am Tue 19 Aug 14

umpcah says...

twasadawf wrote:
Magic Roundabout like the name say's its Magic best roundabout in the country, and if you can't use it you shouldn't be driving
Swindon Council manage to create ballsups with most traffic issues but I have to make an exception and give credit for The Magic Roundabout ! To my mind it works darn well and I worry about potential plans to modify it.
[quote][p][bold]twasadawf[/bold] wrote: Magic Roundabout like the name say's its Magic best roundabout in the country, and if you can't use it you shouldn't be driving[/p][/quote]Swindon Council manage to create ballsups with most traffic issues but I have to make an exception and give credit for The Magic Roundabout ! To my mind it works darn well and I worry about potential plans to modify it. umpcah
  • Score: 17

9:16am Tue 19 Aug 14

Cooking_by_smoke_alarm says...

Ollie Dognacky says...

It certainly did 😄
I totally agree with the comment about the Whalebridge junction.
Bring back the roundabout and open the roads up
Score: 4

not going to happen.
Have a look at the future(?) plans, and the bus station will move and further traffic restrictions will be imposed. Check out the plans at Swindon B.C or the Developer.

Credit to whoever thought up the magic roundabout. Credit to whoever made the stipulation of allowing the old BRS (Greenbridge) depot to be developed on the promise that Drakes way be dualled. Credit to the engineer(s) who designed and developed The Great West Way.
Ollie Dognacky says... It certainly did 😄 I totally agree with the comment about the Whalebridge junction. Bring back the roundabout and open the roads up Score: 4 not going to happen. Have a look at the future(?) plans, and the bus station will move and further traffic restrictions will be imposed. Check out the plans at Swindon B.C or the Developer. Credit to whoever thought up the magic roundabout. Credit to whoever made the stipulation of allowing the old BRS (Greenbridge) depot to be developed on the promise that Drakes way be dualled. Credit to the engineer(s) who designed and developed The Great West Way. Cooking_by_smoke_alarm
  • Score: 6

12:52pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Mochyndeaer says...

Coming soon to the LIST which lamp-post do you hate the most?
Coming soon to the LIST which lamp-post do you hate the most? Mochyndeaer
  • Score: 2

1:16pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Cooking_by_smoke_alarm says...

Mochyndeaer says...

Coming soon to the LIST which lamp-post do you hate the most?
Score: -1

The concrete ones are so 'yesteryear' so passé.

The ones associated with the roundabouts are much more elegant, Tall, majestic towering above with multi lights, just superb.


Mochyndeaer says... Coming soon to the LIST which lamp-post do you hate the most? Score: -1 The concrete ones are so 'yesteryear' so passé. The ones associated with the roundabouts are much more elegant, Tall, majestic towering above with multi lights, just superb.  Cooking_by_smoke_alarm
  • Score: 1

1:19pm Tue 19 Aug 14

kirters01 says...

I wouldn't mind but why do drivers in Swindon seem to think that drivers on a roundabout should give way to cars coming onto the roundabout in front of them. I have had to brake so many times because drivers see you coming and indicating to come off at the next junction and use this to mean, please pull out in front of me and cause me to brake!!!!!
I wouldn't mind but why do drivers in Swindon seem to think that drivers on a roundabout should give way to cars coming onto the roundabout in front of them. I have had to brake so many times because drivers see you coming and indicating to come off at the next junction and use this to mean, please pull out in front of me and cause me to brake!!!!! kirters01
  • Score: 1

1:30pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Cooking_by_smoke_alarm says...

kirters01 says...

I wouldn't mind but why do drivers in Swindon seem to think that drivers on a roundabout should give way to cars coming onto the roundabout in front of them. I have had to brake so many times because drivers see you coming and indicating to come off at the next junction and use this to mean, please pull out in front of me and cause me to brake!!!!!
Score: 0

Because they are so French; driving with panache ,flair and a joie de vivre!!




kirters01 says... I wouldn't mind but why do drivers in Swindon seem to think that drivers on a roundabout should give way to cars coming onto the roundabout in front of them. I have had to brake so many times because drivers see you coming and indicating to come off at the next junction and use this to mean, please pull out in front of me and cause me to brake!!!!! Score: 0 Because they are so French; driving with panache ,flair and a joie de vivre!!   Cooking_by_smoke_alarm
  • Score: 2

2:28pm Tue 19 Aug 14

chrisward2011 says...

Isn't the whole point of a roundabout to 'drive you round the bend'? Sorry, too easy. On a side-note, would love to have the seen the journalists face when their editor told them they had been chosen for this Headline issue of the day.
Isn't the whole point of a roundabout to 'drive you round the bend'? Sorry, too easy. On a side-note, would love to have the seen the journalists face when their editor told them they had been chosen for this Headline issue of the day. chrisward2011
  • Score: 3

2:47pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Old Town Comment says...

Love roundabouts and hate traffic lights. Don't mind traffic lights on major roundabouts, but only in peak times. Most roundabouts work much better than lights would at the same junction and despite the odd piece of bad or dangerous behaviour - often witness turning right off Bath Rd down Eastcott Hill - overall it is amazing how cooperation and smiles is the most common reaction at our busy mini roundabouts.
Love roundabouts and hate traffic lights. Don't mind traffic lights on major roundabouts, but only in peak times. Most roundabouts work much better than lights would at the same junction and despite the odd piece of bad or dangerous behaviour - often witness turning right off Bath Rd down Eastcott Hill - overall it is amazing how cooperation and smiles is the most common reaction at our busy mini roundabouts. Old Town Comment
  • Score: 6

5:24pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Shnookums says...

Moonrakers roundabout is a nightmare during rush hour, due to the inconsideration of drivers coming from Cricklade road heading for town. If you are traveling from Beechcroft Rd heading for Whitworth Rd you'll need to cut across the continuous flow heading for town, impossible !
All it needs is a 'keep clear' of one cars width to allow these cars to get in the correct lane.
Moonrakers roundabout is a nightmare during rush hour, due to the inconsideration of drivers coming from Cricklade road heading for town. If you are traveling from Beechcroft Rd heading for Whitworth Rd you'll need to cut across the continuous flow heading for town, impossible ! All it needs is a 'keep clear' of one cars width to allow these cars to get in the correct lane. Shnookums
  • Score: 3

5:36pm Tue 19 Aug 14

trustnopolitician says...

Transfer Bridges roundabout is a menace due to poor traffic management
The inside lace has no indication that it is left turn only until you are on . several times vehicles have cut me up by trying too go straigt on .
Still what do you expect from a council than can so ingloriously **** up whale bridge.
Transfer Bridges roundabout is a menace due to poor traffic management The inside lace has no indication that it is left turn only until you are on . several times vehicles have cut me up by trying too go straigt on . Still what do you expect from a council than can so ingloriously **** up whale bridge. trustnopolitician
  • Score: 3

7:31pm Tue 19 Aug 14

umpcah says...

Negotiating most of Swindon`s roundabouts at busy times is a nerveracking experience ! I would go as far as to say Swindon`s main roads cant cope with 2014 traffic at busy times ! With the town`s planned expansion and inevitably more and more cars making their way along its roads there probably wont be a need for speed limits during the day - the congestion will eventually see to that !
Negotiating most of Swindon`s roundabouts at busy times is a nerveracking experience ! I would go as far as to say Swindon`s main roads cant cope with 2014 traffic at busy times ! With the town`s planned expansion and inevitably more and more cars making their way along its roads there probably wont be a need for speed limits during the day - the congestion will eventually see to that ! umpcah
  • Score: 5

8:40pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Alan Bast*rd says...

Too many cars on the roads at the same time. Until that changes there will be problems-ie forever
Too many cars on the roads at the same time. Until that changes there will be problems-ie forever Alan Bast*rd
  • Score: 1

4:22pm Wed 20 Aug 14

GalaxyMan says...

Worst roundabouts, without any doubt, are the one's at Mannington (try getting out from Sainsburys at rush hour!) and Bruce Street. That whole section of road is a mess at peak hours.
If only they had a bus-lane or two that they could open up, at, oh, Wootton Bassett Road or the Outlet. That would surely help everybody.
But then 'help' is an alien word at any level of Government.
Worst roundabouts, without any doubt, are the one's at Mannington (try getting out from Sainsburys at rush hour!) and Bruce Street. That whole section of road is a mess at peak hours. If only they had a bus-lane or two that they could open up, at, oh, Wootton Bassett Road or the Outlet. That would surely help everybody. But then 'help' is an alien word at any level of Government. GalaxyMan
  • Score: 2

6:54pm Wed 20 Aug 14

South Stand says...

kirters01 wrote:
I wouldn't mind but why do drivers in Swindon seem to think that drivers on a roundabout should give way to cars coming onto the roundabout in front of them. I have had to brake so many times because drivers see you coming and indicating to come off at the next junction and use this to mean, please pull out in front of me and cause me to brake!!!!!
Maybe you're indicating too early.
[quote][p][bold]kirters01[/bold] wrote: I wouldn't mind but why do drivers in Swindon seem to think that drivers on a roundabout should give way to cars coming onto the roundabout in front of them. I have had to brake so many times because drivers see you coming and indicating to come off at the next junction and use this to mean, please pull out in front of me and cause me to brake!!!!![/p][/quote]Maybe you're indicating too early. South Stand
  • Score: 2

8:20pm Wed 20 Aug 14

pallelli@hotmail.com says...

Its not the roundabouts that are the problem, its the ignoramuses who don't know how to use them properly, and the selfish clods who don't care about using them properly.

If anyone is in any doubt about how to use a roundabout, I suggest you take a look at https://www.gov.uk/u
sing-the-road-159-to
-203/roundabouts-184
-to-190
Its not the roundabouts that are the problem, its the ignoramuses who don't know how to use them properly, and the selfish clods who don't care about using them properly. If anyone is in any doubt about how to use a roundabout, I suggest you take a look at https://www.gov.uk/u sing-the-road-159-to -203/roundabouts-184 -to-190 pallelli@hotmail.com
  • Score: 2

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