TDEX, the community campaign group set up in late 2013, has welcomed the decision by the Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership to back Swindon Council’s request to central government for £1.27million to design an extension to Thamesdown Drive to join Great Western Way.
The group was formed by seven residents’ associations frustrated by Swindon Council’s lack of interest in progressing the project.
Thamesdown Drive, as we know it, was funded by North Swindon housing developers and completed in 2002, but it stopped at Purton Road. Originally the responsibility of Wiltshire County, it was passed to Swindon Council, but neither authorities had enough funds to complete the original plan to link the road to the town centre and the M4 via Great Western Way.
Cllr Des Moffat, who called the first TDeX meeting, said: “Completing Thamesdown Drive was always the objective but it needed community pressure to push the project up the council’s agenda. The residents’ associations are pleased that Swindon Council included it as no 4 in its list of priorities and that the LEP has endorsed the scheme.
“However this will be one of many projects being considered by the Department for Transport. If the application for design works is successful in the Autumn, it would then require government to commit an estimated £40million to build the road. At the earliest, we might see this being built by 2030.
“But it’s progress.”