Fleming Way underpass now fully demolished

By Amanda Wilkins - 13 May 2024


The first glimpse of what will be the main pedestrian route from Swindon town centre to the station was revealed when the last of the Fleming Way underpass was removed.

Enhancing the public open space around Fleming Way is a major part of the ongoing improvements that will create a new public transport hub and improved cycling facilities, while also acting as a catalyst for further investment in the wider town centre.

A Swindon Borough Council spokesperson said: "If you visit The Parade outside H&M you will notice that work has begun to install new paving, irrigated planters with trees and new seating.

"When complete, there will be over 170 trees planted as part of the wider Fleming Way public realm scheme.

"Swindon Borough Council will be working with award-winning Green Blue Urban who have designed tree crates to enable mature trees to be planted.

"The scheme is expected to be completed towards the end of next year following extensive work to move a complex network of pipes and cables underneath the old road."

Work to move the final major utility hurdle was set to begin this week, with Thames Water diverting and replacing a large trunk water main that will support further growth and redevelopment of the town centre.

The spokesperson added: "If you have passed by the eastern end of Fleming Way, near the Leonardo Hotel at the Whalebridge junction, you may have noticed new kerbs are being installed and the finished scheme will introduce dedicated and kerbed cycle lanes in both directions."

For more information and to stay up to date with the project, people can sign-up to the Fleming Way Newsletter.

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