The third in a series of meetings organised by TDeX (Thamesdown Drive Extension Campaign) Group gives residents on the west side of the town the chance to find out the latest developments in the campaign and to learn the outcome of a survey about the link road from Thamesdown Drive to Great Western Way.
The meeting on Tuesday, sponsored by Swindon Link magazine, takes place at 7pm for a 7.30pm start at Peatmoor Primary School, Pepperbox Hill, SN5 5DP.
TDeX which is a non-party political grouping of seven residents’ associations in the north and west of the town. The background to the campaign will be explained, and there will be a presentation by Kevin Fisher, chair of Shaw Residents’ Association, about his research of the empty employment properties along the Mead Way corridor. Over the next few years, if the economy improves as predicted, the volume of traffic using what had become the town’s western by-pass will grow considerably.
Between now and 2025 extra traffic will be generated by 700 houses being built at Ridgeway Farm, 70 homes and an Aldi store being built adjacent to Mead Way, as well as over 2,000 houses proposed for North Swindon and sites in Moredon. Many of the new residents will drive along Mead Way – as well as using the local roads through existing housing areas to get round the traffic congestion.
Link magazine, in partnership with Shaw Residents’ Association, launched a survey in late February to discover if people think Thamesdown Drive should be extended to Great Western Way. Kevin Fisher has been analysing the results and will discuss the outcome.
Over 95 per cent of the survey submissions call for the link road to be built urgently. Those who say it shouldn’t have gone to the trouble to explain at length why an investment for £40 to £55 million is not necessary.
If you want to add your weight, or your opposition, to the campaign to persuade Swindon Council that a case needs to be urgently made to central government to build the road to avoid ever increasing traffic gridlock on roads into the town centre from North Swindon and through the west of the town, come along to the meeting.
TDeX is inviting ward councillors to attend the meeting to contribute comments, alongside residents.
Below, the possible route of an extension of Thamesdown Drive to Great Western Way