Swindon Council is to carry out essential repair work on sections of Whitehill Way – one of West Swindon’s main arterial roads – and is trying to reduce the inevitable traffic disruption by starting work each morning after the rush hour has cleared.
The road provides a through route for thousands of cars daily from Mead Way and Tewkesbury Way to and from Great Western Way, plus drivers going to Shaw Ridge Leisure Park and West Swindon Centre including Link Centre, as well as multiple residential access roads. Drivers are advised to plan alternative routes and to allow more time to complete journeys.
See work schedules and bus diversion arrangements below.
Council spokesman Kevin Burchall said: “Sections of Whitehill Way between Mead Way and Hook Street will be closed between 6 May and 23 May to allow for planned resurfacing work.
“The work will take place in three phases and will start at 9.30am until 7.30pm to minimise the impact on the peak morning period.
“Access to businesses and residents will be maintained throughout the road closures and traffic marshals will be on hand to assist drivers, particularly those accessing Shaw Ridge Leisure Park which will be open throughout the work.
“Road signs warning motorists of the works have been in place since 25 April, and diversions will be in place throughout the work. Letters have also been sent to local residents and businesses advising them of the resurfacing. We would advise drivers to allow more time for their journeys for the duration of the work."
Andrew Spink, General Manager of De Vere Village Hotel, on Shaw Ridge said: "The council have provided relevant notice and communication to all local residents and businesses about the work.
"Yes, there will be disruption but we will have to manage this locally. We have communicated this to as many guests and staff as possible suggesting alternative routes. However, traffic will be allowed and managed by appropriate traffic marshalls in and out of Shaw Ridge Leisure Park.”
Whitehill Way resurfacing schedule
• The first phase of the work will take place between Mead Way and Fiveways Roundabout and will start on Tuesday, 6 May lasting for one week. The road will be closed from 9.30am to 7.30pm and Eastleaze roundabout will remain open for residents of Eastleaze and Langstone Way.
Work on Fiveways Roundabout will take place overnight on Sunday 11 May and it will reopen on Monday 12 May. Whitehill Way from Carronbridge Road to Tewkesbury Way will remain closed until the afternoon. Additional work on Fiveways Roundabout will continue overnight on Sunday, 18 May.
• Whitehill Way will be closed between Fiveways Roundabout and Tewkesbury Way from Monday, 12 May for a week. The road will be closed from 9.30am to 7.30pm to minimise the impact on the evening trade of local businesses at Shaw Ridge. Access to Shaw Ridge and to residents will be maintained throughout the road closure and traffic marshals will be on hand to assist drivers.
• The diversion route for the first two phases of the work includes Tewkesbury Way, Great Western Way and Mead Way and vice versa.
• The final section of resurfacing will involve the stretch of Whitehill Way from the Grange Park Way junction to the junction with Hook Street. This will take place between 9.30am and 7.30pm from Monday, 19 May until Friday, 23 May. The diversion route for the final phase of work includes Whitehill Way, Great Western Way and Tewkesbury Way.
Whitehill Way closure means diversions to Thamesdown Transport Services 19 and 19A
Due to the closure of Whitehill Way between Mead Way and Five Ways Roundabout for resurfacing work, bus services 19 and 19a will be diverted between the hours of 9.30am and 7.30pm for four days from Tuesday 6 May.
During this time buses will run direct between Paddington Drive and Shaw Road along Mead Way.
Buses will not be able to call at the following stops – Link Centre, Stonefield Close, Eastleaze Bus Link Road and Chelmsford Road.
Passengers are advised to use the nearest available stops at Westlea Fire Station, Westlea Campus (in Mead Way) or, for Service 19, Ridge Green (in Shaw Road).
Thamesdown Transport apologises for any inconvenience caused to passengers due to these circumstances beyond their control.