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Bruce Street Bridges overhaul work begins

Swindon Advertiser: A section of the Bruce Street Bridges is closed for sewer works to prevent flooding A section of the Bruce Street Bridges is closed for sewer works to prevent flooding

WORK to revamp the Bruce Street Bridges has begun with Thames Water improving the sewer system to prevent future flooding.

The work has seen the closure of the roundabout turning from Great Western Way into Cheney Manor Road and motorists are warned to expect delays.

A spokesman for the water firm said: "Ongoing works to improve the sewer system in the Cheney Manor area of Swindon will see the closure of Iris Redman Gardens from today until Friday, February 7.

The roundabout turning from Great Western Way into Cheney Manor Road

"The latest phase of the Thames Water project will involve two new sewers being laid under the road to help reduce the risk of waste water flooding in the area.

"Alternative parking arrangements have been made for residents affected by the closure which will involve closing one lane of Rodbourne Road. A parking permit scheme will be in place for the duration of the closure and will be enforced.

"Work to connect the new sewers to the existing network will begin in February and means that one lane of Cheney Manor Road will be closed between the junction of Rodbourne Road and Baileys Corner. The planned dates for the closure are Monday February 17 to Friday March 7.

"The work to the sewer system is vital to increase capacity in the network and reduce the risk of flooding for around 15 properties.

"The £6.9 million scheme will also involve work in Ferndale Road later this year."

Ultimately the set of four roundabouts will be redesigned by Swindon Council to become one large roundabout.

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12:26pm Mon 20 Jan 14

VotingFloaterUK says...

ddd
ddd VotingFloaterUK
  • Score: -8

12:31pm Mon 20 Jan 14

VotingFloaterUK says...

The sign states that the works are power upgrades on behalf of SSE due for completion at the end of March. Usefully Heart were warning everyone of delays on the motorway queuing back past junction 15 at 8am, encouraging people to use Great Western Way instead. Unfortunately they made no mention of the lane closure on Great Western Way at Bruce Street causing 45 minute delays. Turns out the delays on the motorway had already cleared by then.
The sign states that the works are power upgrades on behalf of SSE due for completion at the end of March. Usefully Heart were warning everyone of delays on the motorway queuing back past junction 15 at 8am, encouraging people to use Great Western Way instead. Unfortunately they made no mention of the lane closure on Great Western Way at Bruce Street causing 45 minute delays. Turns out the delays on the motorway had already cleared by then. VotingFloaterUK
  • Score: 4

12:42pm Mon 20 Jan 14

NorthernWarrior says...

Delays...is an understatement. When I left the house in West Swindon @09:10 this morning to drive over to Tesco, the traffic was tailed back all the way up Whitehill Way to the Eastleaze roundabout. Diverted to Asda then decided to try Sainsbury at Bridgemead for the rest of the stuff and Tewkesbury Way back up to by Ashington House.

Once again close or restrict one road accessing the town centre and Swindon has traffic chaos. No reference to this work on the BBC Travel news either.
Delays...is an understatement. When I left the house in West Swindon @09:10 this morning to drive over to Tesco, the traffic was tailed back all the way up Whitehill Way to the Eastleaze roundabout. Diverted to Asda then decided to try Sainsbury at Bridgemead for the rest of the stuff and Tewkesbury Way back up to by Ashington House. Once again close or restrict one road accessing the town centre and Swindon has traffic chaos. No reference to this work on the BBC Travel news either. NorthernWarrior
  • Score: 8

12:59pm Mon 20 Jan 14

GimmeStrength says...

So as well as Hay Lane being closed forcing all traffic from West Swindon en route to Nationwide via Wootton Bassett Road.......they decide in the same week to not only dig up roads around Bruce Street bridges but also the Wootton Bassett Road as well....meaning that if you are travelling from the West of Swindon into the town centre you have no clear access route for commuters and emergency services. Great planning by the Highways Dept of SBC.
So as well as Hay Lane being closed forcing all traffic from West Swindon en route to Nationwide via Wootton Bassett Road.......they decide in the same week to not only dig up roads around Bruce Street bridges but also the Wootton Bassett Road as well....meaning that if you are travelling from the West of Swindon into the town centre you have no clear access route for commuters and emergency services. Great planning by the Highways Dept of SBC. GimmeStrength
  • Score: 20

1:17pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Wildwestener says...

This work clearly needs to be done but the lack of infrastructure in the town means that one main artery in leads to chaos. From the North and West, we now have roadworks of some form and description in many more than one. Was an absolute nightmare this AM and looks like we have months of this to suffer. I don't blame Thames Water/the power companies etc for having to dig up roads, it is us the residents who moan all the time if services are no good. I do however blame those who have allowed housing development after housing development to be built with no infrastructure to support it. The Lord alone knows what it will be like when next phases of development (Ridgeway Farm etc) are built. It's a complete joke by the planning authorities both local and national.
This work clearly needs to be done but the lack of infrastructure in the town means that one main artery in leads to chaos. From the North and West, we now have roadworks of some form and description in many more than one. Was an absolute nightmare this AM and looks like we have months of this to suffer. I don't blame Thames Water/the power companies etc for having to dig up roads, it is us the residents who moan all the time if services are no good. I do however blame those who have allowed housing development after housing development to be built with no infrastructure to support it. The Lord alone knows what it will be like when next phases of development (Ridgeway Farm etc) are built. It's a complete joke by the planning authorities both local and national. Wildwestener
  • Score: 17

1:33pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Davey Gravey says...

If the council hadn't made such a pigs ear of the previous park and ride joke then maybe we could have had a decent and attractive park and ride set up by now.
The town frankly is too big to cope with the amount of traffic on its roads nowadays. The odd bit of roadworks or an accident brings the place to a standstill.

How about sorting out the subways that flood every year? Simply pumping out the water doesn't solve the problem. Either sort it out or fill them in for good.
If the council hadn't made such a pigs ear of the previous park and ride joke then maybe we could have had a decent and attractive park and ride set up by now. The town frankly is too big to cope with the amount of traffic on its roads nowadays. The odd bit of roadworks or an accident brings the place to a standstill. How about sorting out the subways that flood every year? Simply pumping out the water doesn't solve the problem. Either sort it out or fill them in for good. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 13

1:34pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Disco20 says...

Get on your bicycle or learn to ride a motorbike. I had no issues at all getting to work :)
Jest aside, it is a nightmare and it will mean that everyone will have to ensure they leave at least 30min early to get to work.
Get on your bicycle or learn to ride a motorbike. I had no issues at all getting to work :) Jest aside, it is a nightmare and it will mean that everyone will have to ensure they leave at least 30min early to get to work. Disco20
  • Score: 1

2:04pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Wright852 says...

Disco20 wrote:
Get on your bicycle or learn to ride a motorbike. I had no issues at all getting to work :)
Jest aside, it is a nightmare and it will mean that everyone will have to ensure they leave at least 30min early to get to work.
Unfortunately this affects motorbikes as well. The road is down to one lane all around so motorbikes cannot split lanes to beat the traffic without colliding with the odd car or bollard . .
[quote][p][bold]Disco20[/bold] wrote: Get on your bicycle or learn to ride a motorbike. I had no issues at all getting to work :) Jest aside, it is a nightmare and it will mean that everyone will have to ensure they leave at least 30min early to get to work.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately this affects motorbikes as well. The road is down to one lane all around so motorbikes cannot split lanes to beat the traffic without colliding with the odd car or bollard . . Wright852
  • Score: 0

2:08pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Wright852 says...

All I will say is why are they not WORKING AT NIGHT . . or for 24 Hours . . and . . NOT 8.00am to 4.30pm . . . to minimize disruption for everyone
All I will say is why are they not WORKING AT NIGHT . . or for 24 Hours . . and . . NOT 8.00am to 4.30pm . . . to minimize disruption for everyone Wright852
  • Score: 14

3:07pm Mon 20 Jan 14

NorthernWarrior says...

I've seen enough cyclists that have been squished by road vehicles over the years, to not want to subject myself to that particular fate. :) Plus working shifts, the idea of riding a bike home in the dark at 10pm three miles in torrential rain while watching for chav placed wire-traps across the paths doesn't particularly appeal either!
I've seen enough cyclists that have been squished by road vehicles over the years, to not want to subject myself to that particular fate. :) Plus working shifts, the idea of riding a bike home in the dark at 10pm three miles in torrential rain while watching for chav placed wire-traps across the paths doesn't particularly appeal either! NorthernWarrior
  • Score: 4

3:32pm Mon 20 Jan 14

GemmaP says...

Why wasn't there any sign about this on Great Western Way heading towards the bridges from J16?!
This morning was a joke, traffic all the way up the A3102!
The way into Swindon from junction 16 doesn't work, roundabout after roundabout after roundabout!
The more west Swindon and neighbouring towns like Royal Wootton Bassett are built up without looking at major routes the worst it will become. No wonder no companies want to invest in this town if their employees etc can't get in.
Why wasn't there any sign about this on Great Western Way heading towards the bridges from J16?! This morning was a joke, traffic all the way up the A3102! The way into Swindon from junction 16 doesn't work, roundabout after roundabout after roundabout! The more west Swindon and neighbouring towns like Royal Wootton Bassett are built up without looking at major routes the worst it will become. No wonder no companies want to invest in this town if their employees etc can't get in. GemmaP
  • Score: 9

3:46pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Wildwestener says...

Wright852 wrote:
All I will say is why are they not WORKING AT NIGHT . . or for 24 Hours . . and . . NOT 8.00am to 4.30pm . . . to minimize disruption for everyone
Er perhaps the local residents would object to drilling and work all night. These works are all in residential areas. Presumably you use sewers/power/ drink water etc so want these things to work. The problem is not that these companies have to do this work, it is that there are not enough roads to cope with any problem with any of the main roads in Swindon.
[quote][p][bold]Wright852[/bold] wrote: All I will say is why are they not WORKING AT NIGHT . . or for 24 Hours . . and . . NOT 8.00am to 4.30pm . . . to minimize disruption for everyone[/p][/quote]Er perhaps the local residents would object to drilling and work all night. These works are all in residential areas. Presumably you use sewers/power/ drink water etc so want these things to work. The problem is not that these companies have to do this work, it is that there are not enough roads to cope with any problem with any of the main roads in Swindon. Wildwestener
  • Score: 6

4:26pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Bimbosforjustice says...

Why do people need water anyway? Just selfish residents
Why do people need water anyway? Just selfish residents Bimbosforjustice
  • Score: 5

5:18pm Mon 20 Jan 14

DLP OldTown says...

Here we go again, a total shambles by the Highways and Planning Department. Swindon gridlock on a daily basis.
Why is it that everyone knows we need more infrastructure BEFORE we build hundreds of houses and not after.
Vehicles crawl up Kingshill every morning and crawl down every evening, like every other route into town and it appears no one gives a dam.
How many times does it take sort out the flooding issue at Bruce Street Bridges, lets hope they get it right this time, fingers crossed.
Here we go again, a total shambles by the Highways and Planning Department. Swindon gridlock on a daily basis. Why is it that everyone knows we need more infrastructure BEFORE we build hundreds of houses and not after. Vehicles crawl up Kingshill every morning and crawl down every evening, like every other route into town and it appears no one gives a dam. How many times does it take sort out the flooding issue at Bruce Street Bridges, lets hope they get it right this time, fingers crossed. DLP OldTown
  • Score: 2

5:54pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Fox in Exile says...

should have took the UKIP solution and put a No Gays Here poster on the advertising hoarding. Flooding problem solved
should have took the UKIP solution and put a No Gays Here poster on the advertising hoarding. Flooding problem solved Fox in Exile
  • Score: 8

8:23pm Mon 20 Jan 14

anotherimigrant says...

NorthernWarrior wrote:
I've seen enough cyclists that have been squished by road vehicles over the years, to not want to subject myself to that particular fate. :) Plus working shifts, the idea of riding a bike home in the dark at 10pm three miles in torrential rain while watching for chav placed wire-traps across the paths doesn't particularly appeal either!
Really you’ve seen loads of squashed cyclists.
I’ve never seen one.
But I have seen loads that have deserved to have been hit by a car or are lucky they didn’t get squashed by a lorry.
Still we live in hope. Lycra louts


As to the roundabout, anyone remeber how long it took to do the wicks roundabout. that everyone loves and cost 600 thousand pounds.

Well this one is going to take till the end of next summer, so plan your routs carefully.
[quote][p][bold]NorthernWarrior[/bold] wrote: I've seen enough cyclists that have been squished by road vehicles over the years, to not want to subject myself to that particular fate. :) Plus working shifts, the idea of riding a bike home in the dark at 10pm three miles in torrential rain while watching for chav placed wire-traps across the paths doesn't particularly appeal either![/p][/quote]Really you’ve seen loads of squashed cyclists. I’ve never seen one. But I have seen loads that have deserved to have been hit by a car or are lucky they didn’t get squashed by a lorry. Still we live in hope. Lycra louts As to the roundabout, anyone remeber how long it took to do the wicks roundabout. that everyone loves and cost 600 thousand pounds. Well this one is going to take till the end of next summer, so plan your routs carefully. anotherimigrant
  • Score: -2

8:46pm Mon 20 Jan 14

anotherimigrant says...

GimmeStrength wrote:
So as well as Hay Lane being closed forcing all traffic from West Swindon en route to Nationwide via Wootton Bassett Road.......they decide in the same week to not only dig up roads around Bruce Street bridges but also the Wootton Bassett Road as well....meaning that if you are travelling from the West of Swindon into the town centre you have no clear access route for commuters and emergency services. Great planning by the Highways Dept of SBC.
there great arent they.

Unfortunately after they cause nightmare conditions for motorists, the set of four roundabouts will be redesigned by Swindon Council to become one large roundabout.
Another of Clown Schools projects. I can’t wait for the chaos and mayhem, bring it on you clowns.
They simply couldn’t have done the clown school bit any quicker and put loads of guys and worked overtime, overnight, pulled their finger out, didn’t spend most of the time looking at a hole in the road instead of doing something useful as they don’t want to use the 20 million contingency fund for this very purpose.
Pension fund looks health though and the pay for officials is beyond most people’s dreams and the rates WILL go up in April.
[quote][p][bold]GimmeStrength[/bold] wrote: So as well as Hay Lane being closed forcing all traffic from West Swindon en route to Nationwide via Wootton Bassett Road.......they decide in the same week to not only dig up roads around Bruce Street bridges but also the Wootton Bassett Road as well....meaning that if you are travelling from the West of Swindon into the town centre you have no clear access route for commuters and emergency services. Great planning by the Highways Dept of SBC.[/p][/quote]there great arent they. Unfortunately after they cause nightmare conditions for motorists, the set of four roundabouts will be redesigned by Swindon Council to become one large roundabout. Another of Clown Schools projects. I can’t wait for the chaos and mayhem, bring it on you clowns. They simply couldn’t have done the clown school bit any quicker and put loads of guys and worked overtime, overnight, pulled their finger out, didn’t spend most of the time looking at a hole in the road instead of doing something useful as they don’t want to use the 20 million contingency fund for this very purpose. Pension fund looks health though and the pay for officials is beyond most people’s dreams and the rates WILL go up in April. anotherimigrant
  • Score: -1

2:24pm Tue 21 Jan 14

cmcelderry says...

If only SBC would adopt some of the ideas put forward by the ASR guys, this sort of misery would be ended forever. http://alternativesw
indonroads.blogspot.
co.uk/
If only SBC would adopt some of the ideas put forward by the ASR guys, this sort of misery would be ended forever. http://alternativesw indonroads.blogspot. co.uk/ cmcelderry
  • Score: 0

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