In a posting on the Priory Vale website, Swindon councillor Oliver Donachie writes that he has been asked to pass on the reminder from the Highways Agency that it has been confirmed that to fund recent upgrades to Thamesdown Drive a new toll road system will go live in both directions along the route from 30 May 2015
The current proposed fee is 50p per mile with a 15% reduction for people living in North Swindon. For some residential customers payment can made using stickers which are affixed to the windscreen. The toll is calculated by the distance travelled on the toll road or the specific exit chosen.
Please be aware that upon exit, the driver must pay the amount listed for the given exit. Should the ticket be lost, a driver must typically pay the maximum amount possible for travel on that highway.
A map is attached showing the current planned installation points.
Anybody wishing for more information should contact Aria Goking via Highways Agency Planning department.
Group member Roger Ogle added that under an agreement with Swindon Borough Council, the Highways Agency will fund the North Swindon sculpture that was originally proposed to be site in the middle of the ‘Mexico City’ Junction 1 interchange of Thamesdown Drive and Cricklade Road, pictured left.
The Section 106 developer contribution allocated for the project, when planning permission for Priory Vale was agreed in the early 1990s was redirected elsewhere when it was found in the late 1990s that the design was too expensive for the allocated budget.
It is unclear who decided that the project should be dropped and where the money went.
However the resurrection of the sculpture idea is likely to result in a tourism boost for the town as visitors come to the town to view the ‘Angel of the South.’