A zebra crossing on Swinley Drive, near Roughmoor Village Centre, Peatmoor was completed in early December. Unfortunately it had to be ripped up in mid-February along with the adjacent road surface and relaid because the wrong kind of tarmac was used in the original job.
Parent Greig Evenett started a petition in 2013 calling for greater safety for pedestrians in the face of the increased volume of traffic using residential roads through West Swindon as they try to avoid delays on Mead Way. In December Greig, whose daughters attend Peatmoor Primary School, said: “It’s great to see the crossing in place, providing safety for people of all ages crossing what has become a fast road.”
Shaw councillor Nick Martin said he was glad to see the completed project. “We’ve been pushing for this for over two years; it’s amazing how long projects like this take, from arguing for budget allocation to planning to construction. It’s unfortunate that the wrong kind of tarmac was used, causing inconvenience to pedestrians. But it was best for the long term maintenance of that stretch of road for the right material to be used, as set out in the contract for the job.”
Pictured in December, Jason Elderfield and his godson Alfie Long with Cllr Nick Martin at the completed of the first Swinley Drive zebra crossing. Below, contractors relaying the surface in mid-February