Conservative Council gets on with major transport improvements

Conservative Council gets on with major transport improvements

Work to ease congestion around Jn17 of the M4 at Chippenham are now complete.

The Jn17 scheme to install a new partial traffic signal system to the junction has been jointly funded by Highways England and the Local Growth Fund, which is run by the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

The Jn17 works will help reduce existing congestion on the M4 off-slips and prevent traffic from backing up onto the M4 motorway.

The opportunity has been taken to also upgrade existing highway infrastructure, and extend the resurfacing operations, beyond the original design, to include the motorway slip roads and some parts of the A429 to the north of Jn17.

Meanwhile, works on the latest phase of the A350 bypass dualling at Chippenham are progressing well.

A temporary traffic management switch in March 2018 saw the new northbound carriageway between Brook and Badger roundabout open to traffic and similar switches will be coming forward in the Chequers Roundabout area in May 2018. May will also see the start of works along the A4 to the west of Chequers Roundabout through a series of night works.

Both schemes suffered some delays during the adverse weather in the early part of 2018, but the site team are working hard to recover and the A350 Phase 3 project is on course to be completed late summer 2018.

Wiltshire councillors and staff joined the contractor and other interested groups to inspect progress this week.

Conservative Councillor Bridget Wayman, Wiltshire Council’s cabinet member for highways, said: “Although there has been some inevitable disruption, the outcome will help improve journey times and ease congestion.

“It will make motoring around Chippenham much more pleasant, and save countless hours’ travelling time for individuals and businesses.

“These improvements can help create opportunities to attract new investment into the area and support the growth of existing businesses.”

by Jonathon Seed,