Major improvement works to the Greenbridge roundabout junction will be carried out from 11 April until early 2017 as part of the programme to improve major routes into the town to keep pace with the future development of the New Eastern Villages.
The improvement works will see an increase in lanes around the roundabout, entry and exit routes widened, and traffic signals installed on all approaches. There will also be additional pedestrian and cycle crossings, and a new exit from the Greenbridge retail park to reduce traffic on the roundabout.
The £5.3m project is necessary to relieve a peak-time bottleneck and improve road links towards the east of Swindon, where 8,000 new homes, a district centre, new schools and employment for up to 4,000 people will be created over the next 15 years as part of the Eastern Villages expansion.
The works are being planned to minimise disruption to road users, residents and businesses. Lane restrictions will be limited to between the hours of 9.30am to 3.30pm to avoid peak time traffic. The contractor for the works will be Wills Bros Civil Engineering Ltd, with traffic management by ALUX.
Cllr Dale Heenan, Swindon Borough Council Cabinet member for Sustainability and Transport said: “We must learn the lessons of the last thirty years because for too long Swindon has grown without having a detailed programme of road improvements to enable our roads to cope with extra traffic. This is why I have ensured Swindon has a ten-year road improvement plan and, with the Government committing more than £40m two years ago, we are making it happen.
“The £5.3m Greenbridge roundabout improvements mark the next project to move ahead, and every penny is paid for by housing developers and the Government. If the work isn’t done then congestion in this area will become severe because the existing roundabout design simply won’t be able to cope with the predicted traffic at rush hour.
“The M4 junctions are due to be upgraded, and in 2018/19 a brand new road from the A420 to Commonhead will go ahead. It is improvements like these that will be crucial in keeping Swindon moving and help our town avoid the rush hour gridlock that neighbouring cities like Bristol, Bath and Oxford experience every day.”
Cllr Toby Elliott, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Strategic Planning, said: “This project is necessary to tackle a peak time bottleneck and improve road links towards the east of Swindon.
“Over the next 15 years there will be 8,000 new homes, a district centre, new schools and employment for up to 4,000 people in the new Eastern Villages development and we must ensure Swindon has the right infrastructure at the right time.”
More information about the project is available at www.swindon.gov.uk/nev Queries from residents will be dealt with by phone via the Council’s contact centre on 01793 445500, or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org Local businesses have been informed and consulted about the works.