Following essential work Network Rail to replace two railway bridges on the Swindon to Bristol railway line, Rodbourne Road will be re-opened earlier than expect to through traffic in time for the morning rush hour on Monday 9 May.
Work to reconstruct one of the railway bridges and remove another that was redundant started on 18 April and was expected to last until 15 May. However, Network Rail have finished the vast majority of the work with the remaining stage being a final overnight closure from 11pm on Saturday, 14 May until 5am on Sunday, 15 May.
During the Rodbourne Road closure, diversions were put in place for motorists and in an effort to create an additional route, Swindon Borough Council opened the Penzance Drive and Wootton Bassett Road bus gates to all traffic.
Following the early completion of the railway bridge work, the Council will be removing the Rodbourne Road closure and reinstating the bus gates from Monday morning.
Councillor Dale Heenan, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Sustainability said: “It is great Rodbourne Road will be back to normal following more than £12 million in road and rail improvements.
“I would like to thank Network Rail for completing the work ahead of schedule and also thank motorists, local businesses and local residents for their patience while this essential work was carried out.
“With the roads in and around Rodbourne now free of works, I would encourage people to visit the many businesses in the area from Swindon Mobility Ltd to Sinbad Tandoori and West Tailoring Alterations. Rodbourne is open for business.”
Jennifer Pearson, Network Rail’s scheme project manager, said: “I’d like to thank residents for their patience and understanding while we completed this essential upgrade.
“We were fully aware of the inconvenience caused by this temporary closure which is why we worked hard to complete the majority of the work and re-open the road as soon as possible.
“This improvement work forms a key part of our Railway Upgrade Plan to provide a bigger, better, more reliable railway for passengers. In addition to this reconstruction, we’ll be continuing with our electrification work to bring the benefits of the longer, faster, quieter and greener electric trains to the residents of Swindon.”
Photos of Rodbourne Road bridges before replacement by Richard Wintle of Calyx