Diseased and damaged shrubs are being removed from the central reservation of Thamesdown Drive in West Swindon. Healthy areas of shrubbery will be retained, along with the trees.
The first phase of work on the 2.3-mile-long stretch of dual carriageway of Thamesdown Drive has begun from the Purton Road junction, right, and will end on 23 December.
The project will be carried out over the next five years.
Councillor Peter Greenhalgh, Swindon Borough Council cabinet member for Sustainability, Transport and Strategic Planning, said: “We’re doing this work for two reasons. Firstly, the shrubs haven’t been growing well in places, mainly because of disease, damage from road salt, and weeds.
“Secondly it’s the increasing cost – new traffic management laws mean we have to close a lane every time we do any work on the central reservation. Once finished, the result will be neater and more sustainable planting, which is less expensive to look after.”
The work is being done from existing road maintenance budgets and will reduce the cost of maintenance in future years. Some of the savings will be ploughed back into re-planting small sections with trees, similar to those which are growing well at the road’s junctions.
Once cleared, each section will be covered with a weed-suppressing sheet, and new gravel added and levelled. The gravel is a type which reduces spillage onto the road if a car mounts the central reservation.