Shaw councillor Keith Williams is looking at how to prevent residential roads across West Swindon becoming totally clogged up as a result of a planning inspector’s approval for 700 homes at Ridgeway Farm, and he wants to hear people’s views.
He and Swindon Council traffic engineers will be discussing options at Peatmoor Social Hall, Swinley Drive on Saturday 16 February, 11am to 1pm.
“It is obvious that extending Mead Way to Ridgeway Farm is going to improve access from north Wiltshire to and from the M4, and also places like Link Centre, the shopping centre and roads into town,” said Keith. “Because of congestion on Mead Way, a lot of drivers already use routes through Shaw to by-pass the hold ups.”
Shaw Residents’ Association chairman Kevin Fisher, who researched traffic use of Swinley Drive before speaking at the Ridgeway Farm planning enquiry, said: “Given current Mead Way congestion and using the developer’s traffic numbers, there could be 1,000 vehicles an hour using Swinley Drive – a four fold increase on the present 250 vehicles. That would be very close to the road’s capacity and intolerable for residents.”
Traffic engineers say the cost effective solution would be a CCTV monitored, full or part time, bus gate at the north end of Swinley Drive.
He said: “I realise traffic restrictions might not suit everybody living at the top of Swinley Drive – some in Wiltshire, some in Swindon. Some might have longer journeys, but we need to look at ways to reduce the impact across the whole of West Swindon.”
Keith added: “We’re not rushing into anything until we know the timescale the developers come forward with, but everybody needs to be part of the discussion on how to mitigate the impact of the decision to allow Ridgeway Farm to go ahead.”
• The section of Roughmoor Way, Shaw, between Ramleaze Drive and Cartwright Drive, including the Roughmoor Way roundabout, will be closed for a week from Monday 4 February 2013 for repair and resurfacing.