Road users and residents will be able to keep up to date with highways projects and issues affecting Swindon’s road network by subscribing to a new fortnightly newsletter.
Highways News will act as a new communication channel for Swindon Borough Council’s Highways department and give people who use the borough’s roads and those living nearby, the latest information on the highways projects and roadworks that affect them.
The first newsletter was emailed to existing subscribers at the end of last month and this week’s edition will contain the latest news on the ongoing Greenbridge roundabout improvement works, information on the drop-in events to explain the forthcoming M4 Junction 16 improvements as well as the official opening of the Southern Flyer pedestrian and cycle route.
There will be information on forthcoming roadworks and information on other projects that are going on across the borough in an effort to help drivers plan their journeys, particularly during periods of disruption.
Residents will also be encouraged to report any issues on the highways network to the Council’s Highways team.
Cllr Dale Heenan, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Sustainability, Highways and Transport, said: “Swindon Borough Council is always looking to improve the way it communicates with local residents, and building on the lessons learned from major road improvement schemes like Bruce Street Bridges and the associated project newsletter, I am pleased to say the Council’s Transport department is expanding the pilot idea and has now launched a town-wide email newsletter.
“This regular newsletter will include news on improvements to the local road network, updates on roadworks, details of delays from accidents and become a new way for local residents to provide direct feedback to the Council in a way that has never happened before. It will also feature the latest information on cycling schemes and important information relating to bus passengers.
“The newsletter will evolve over time and we want to hear from subscribers on what they would like to see included. Almost 500 residents and businesses are already signed up for this new initiative, and I hope we can reach ten times this number within the next 12 months.”
Anyone wishing to subscribe to the Highways News newsletter can do so by visiting: www.swindon.gov.uk/highwaysnews