Swindon Link Magazine's Heart of Swindon campaign aims to shine a spotlight on the town centre, highlighting positive improvements as well as encouraging robust debate about the challenges it faces. Today we bring you news on a Swindon Borough Council initiative to develop a gateway to the town centre.
Work to create a more welcoming environment for people arriving into Swindon will begin next week.
The transformation of Wellington Street, which connects Swindon railway station to the Tri Centre on Manchester Road and Milford Street, will start from Monday (7 Jan) and will see a segregated pedestrian and cycle path created along with a new pedestrian crossing.
The road will be resurfaced and a raised carriageway will be introduced at the junction with Manchester Road and Milford Street featuring contrasting surfacing, ramps to slow vehicles and cyclists and tactile/contrasting paving around the kerb line.
A new toucan crossing will also be installed along Wellington Street and Milford Street.
The scheme, which forms one of the Council’s Pledges, is expected to take four months to complete and the road will be closed to all traffic throughout. Diversions will be in place and access will be maintained for pedestrians and local residents.
Councillor Maureen Penny, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “The rejuvenation of Wellington Street is the perfect way to start 2019 and will be the first of a number of schemes that will transform our town centre.
“Just over the railway line, work will soon start to create the fantastic new indoor ski centre at North Star and, a few months after the Wellington Street improvements are carried out, work is expected to start on our major town centre regeneration scheme at Kimmerfields.
“All these projects to improve the town will mark Swindon down as a place to invest and do business.”