Greener Railway Village thanks to new trees

By Barrie Hudson - 29 May 2024


New trees have been planted along London Street outside Brunel’s former Carriage Works.

Swindon Borough Council says the additions will improve the area between the Bristol Street and Sheppard Street underpasses and make it more welcoming to those visiting the historic area.

Alongside the addition of new trees, the pavement has been widened for pedestrians and the space outside the Bristol Street tunnel will receive new railings and planting.

Cllr Marina Strinkovsky, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Placemaking, said: “I’m very pleased to see the Railway Village getting even greener and more vibrant.

“We want to make the area a place where people will enjoy visiting and travelling through. It’s a key part of the town’s history and we should be doing what we can to make sure it’s at its best.

“There’s already some great artwork at the Sheppard Street tunnel, which residents have been enjoying, and I can’t wait to see the final transformation of the area when the project finishes.”

London Street and Sheppard Street will see the bulk of the £3m improvements, including:

- Additional trees being planted in Sheppard Street, to complement more than 70 trees that have been planted in the Railway Village and the new cherry blossom circle in GWR Park

- A pocket park created outside the Sheppard Street underpass, which links North Star with the town centre

- Drainage improvements to both underpasses with a new creative lighting design for Sheppard Street underpass, making the space feel lighter and safer for those walking and cycling.

The work, which the council says supports its mission to Build a Greener Swindon, is being funded by the Government’s Towns Fund and is due to finish next month.

The council has thanked drivers for moving through the area slowly while the work takes place, and local residents for their continued patience and support.

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