Trouble ahead as road is set to close

This Is Wiltshire: Victoria Road will be closed for repairs to a collapsed sewer from Monday for around six days Victoria Road will be closed for repairs to a collapsed sewer from Monday for around six days

ONE of Old Town ’s busiest roads is set to close to through traffic from Monday, causing disruption for motorists, bus passengers and businesses.

Victoria Road will be blocked off at the junction with Stanley Street for work to repair a portion of collapsed sewer in the centre of Victoria Road in that area. Motorists will be able to drive up to the cordon on either side, but will not be able to get past.

Capagh Group construction, which has been commissioned by Thames Water to carry out the work, says it has a target date for completion of September 16.

It could spell more misery for businesses in Victoria Road which were affected by a closure of the road back in 2010, which led many people to believe that they were unable to access shops and services along the road.

Thamesdown Transport has also announced that all buses that use Victoria Road will be diverted, so some bus stops will also be relocated.

Keith McArdell, the service adviser at Cross Street Garage, said the closure would cause delays and frustration. He said the work should have been carried out at the weekends and overnight, adding: “If people are used to coming in from Wroughton they they might not know an easy way to come around so it will delay people.

“And it’s also going to delay us getting to places like Nationwide to collect vehicles. So it will have an effect on everybody. It’s just a nightmare.”

Coun Dave Wood (Lib Dem, Eastcott) said: “I suppose work like that will obviously be disruptive but the key thing is that people know about it far enough ahead to plan their journeys differently.

“The thing that was quite disappointing with this road closure is that people didn’t seem to be told about it in any meaningful way. I found out about it yesterday second hand and the council didn’t tell me about it.”

The recommended diversion route from the top of Victoria Road will take motorists along Devizes Road, Newport Street, High Street, Cricklade Street, Drove Road and Groundwell Road. The route for traffic travelling from the bottom of Victoria Road will follow the same diversion.

A Swindon Council spokesman said: “There will be access to Victoria Road all the way up to the closure points at Stanley Street so the roads off Victoria Road will remain open.

“Advance notice signs have already been put up to warn motorists of the closure and there will be diversion signs in place from Monday. “There will be pedestrian access along the whole length of Victoria Road as both pathways will remain open throughout the work.”

A spokesman for Thames Water said: “This collapse has caused sewer flooding in the area, so we will have to close the road to traffic while we carry out this essential work. We estimate this job will take around a week and are very sorry for the inconvenience caused.”

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9:17am Sun 9 Sep 12

Sir Fawn Maker says...

Can I ask what the council are supposed to do?

I live in the area and first noticed a public announcement about a road closure a couple of months ago (don't know if that's the same one though as that said 2 weeks - have we got another one to go through??)

Recently, I have also read about it both on here and in the paper version (long before today's story appeared) and it was also fully discussed on bbc wiltshire several times

There are also notices on lampposts, bus stops etc (admitedly not a lot of use to drivers)

Do people expect the council / thames water to send personal letters in monogrammed envelopes to ever address within a 20 mile radius of every road closure that ever happens?
Can I ask what the council are supposed to do? I live in the area and first noticed a public announcement about a road closure a couple of months ago (don't know if that's the same one though as that said 2 weeks - have we got another one to go through??) Recently, I have also read about it both on here and in the paper version (long before today's story appeared) and it was also fully discussed on bbc wiltshire several times There are also notices on lampposts, bus stops etc (admitedly not a lot of use to drivers) Do people expect the council / thames water to send personal letters in monogrammed envelopes to ever address within a 20 mile radius of every road closure that ever happens? Sir Fawn Maker
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11:32am Mon 10 Sep 12

Melgee says...

It's a collapsed sewer pipe requiring urgent attention so of course it will cause delays etc. etc. but as long as it is fixed as quickly as possible then what is the problem? You can't have a damaged sewer pipe spewing raw sewage into the ground or underground water courses.
It's a collapsed sewer pipe requiring urgent attention so of course it will cause delays etc. etc. but as long as it is fixed as quickly as possible then what is the problem? You can't have a damaged sewer pipe spewing raw sewage into the ground or underground water courses. Melgee
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5:50pm Mon 10 Sep 12

Sir Fawn Maker says...

if I hadn't seen what's happening this evening myself, I wouldn't have believed it!!

The number of u-turns and people travelling north having to do left turns into Stanley Street is bad enough, but in the last 15 minutes, I reckon 30 or 40 cars have squeezed through on the pavements to get past the closure!

I've always had a fairly jaundiced view of the intellect of a lot of swindon "vehicle propellers" (well you can't call them drivers!) but this shows I've been guilty of underselling the stupidity
if I hadn't seen what's happening this evening myself, I wouldn't have believed it!! The number of u-turns and people travelling north having to do left turns into Stanley Street is bad enough, but in the last 15 minutes, I reckon 30 or 40 cars have squeezed through on the pavements to get past the closure! I've always had a fairly jaundiced view of the intellect of a lot of swindon "vehicle propellers" (well you can't call them drivers!) but this shows I've been guilty of underselling the stupidity Sir Fawn Maker
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6:56pm Mon 10 Sep 12

Sir Fawn Maker says...

and as for the other story which says "drivers being FORCED to do u-turns"

Mr adver, you're having a laugh - they wouldn't have to if they read the bloody signs, a bit like the idiots on Cricklade Rd or Queens Drive who can't read that the bus lanes dont operate after 19.00 and stay in the middle lane and turn left nearly taking off your bumper once the bus lane finishes
and as for the other story which says "drivers being FORCED to do u-turns" Mr adver, you're having a laugh - they wouldn't have to if they read the bloody signs, a bit like the idiots on Cricklade Rd or Queens Drive who can't read that the bus lanes dont operate after 19.00 and stay in the middle lane and turn left nearly taking off your bumper once the bus lane finishes Sir Fawn Maker
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