The frustrations of drivers passing through Haydon Wick should be eased after the summer when the chicane between Morrison’s supermarket and Haydon Centre is removed and to reduce vehicle tailbacks.
Built some 20 years ago to filter and slow traffic passing through an area heavily used by pedestrians, the current increased volume of vehicles travelling between Thames Avenue and Westfield Way through the chicane has turned the present single lane arrangement into a major bottleneck.
Swindon Council ward councillors David Renard and Oliver Donachie have unveiled a new traffic management design whereby vehicles will be able to travel in both directions at the same time, whilst still being slowed by a speed table to ensure safety for pedestrians.
Commenting on the new system Cllr Renard said: “Haydon Wick Ward councillors have been working hard for three years to agree a scheme and secure the necessary resources to achieve a more efficient use of the road space whilst maintaining safety for pedestrians. We are delighted to be delivering yet another project wanted by local residents.”
Cllre Donachie added: “This scheme has been a top priority for many of the residents of the ward. For me the most rewarding projects are those that bring a benefit to as many residents as possible and I am convinced this will have a positive impact on many of the road users.”
Work should start on changing the road layout later in June.