Fears over road chaos

Brian Mathew at the railway bridges between Royal Wootton Bassett and Lyneham which are due to be closed for six months later this year

Brian Mathew at the railway bridges between Royal Wootton Bassett and Lyneham which are due to be closed for six months later this year

First published in News Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , @Michael_Benke

CONCERNS have been raised about plans to close a main route into Royal Wootton Bassett.

Network Rail are in the process of electrifying the Great Western railway line and are approaching the section of track which goes past the town.

As a result, the Skew Bridge on the A3102 is set to be closed for six months starting in September, raising fears that key services will struggle to reach residents.

The road is the main link used by the fire service and ambulance crews travelling to Lyneham from Royal Wootton Bassett and Swindon, while the road is also used by buses.

Criticism is mounting that residents are not being kept informed of the works and not enough is being done to cope with potential disruption.

Dr Brian Mathew, the Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamen-tary Candidate for North Wiltshire, said: “I understand the work needs to be done and we don’t want to hold up the whole process but there are some important questions which need to be answered.

“Have provisions been made for the emergency services?

“Are there going to be changes to the bus routes?

“Are there going to be changes to waste collections?

“The alternative route is simply not suitable for the heavy lorries which use this road. On top of that, at the moment, parts of that route are flooded so if we have similar weather to this year then it will be impassable.”

Network Rail are in the process of electrifying the whole of the line in an attempt to make it greener and more efficient.

A spokesman for Network Rail said: “To facilitate the investment of introducing new electric trains to Wiltshire, enabling works to modify some bridges around Royal Wootton Bassett will be essential.

“These works are vital to enable overhead wire lines to pass under these bridges safely.

“Plans for these works are currently being developed and being discussed with Wiltshire Council with an aim to agree viable options with minimal disruptions on the community.”

A Wiltshire Council spokesman confirmed talks with the rail company had taken place and plans were being discussed.

He said: “We are working with Network Rail to minimise disruption to local people and the travelling public.”

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9:18am Wed 12 Feb 14

benzss says...

To be honest, I'm basically OK with quarantining Wootton Bassett.
To be honest, I'm basically OK with quarantining Wootton Bassett. benzss
  • Score: -1

11:54am Wed 12 Feb 14

themoonraker says...

......but before this bridge is closed, the advertiser has reported that the Rialway bridge on Marlborough Road W.B. will be closed from 'April 15 to Autumn'
Asd a business owner on Templars Way Industrial Estate, please can somebody who is party to this decision tell me how hauliers are going to deliver and collect 20 and 40 foot containers to me??...........are the minor roads expected to cope with such large vehicles??......I bet the locals wil just love that!
Oh, and before anybody suggests conmtacting the council or Network Rail....I've tried and they are simply not interested saying that ''it is not their problem''...........
.good..eh !
......but before this bridge is closed, the advertiser has reported that the Rialway bridge on Marlborough Road W.B. will be closed from 'April 15 to Autumn' Asd a business owner on Templars Way Industrial Estate, please can somebody who is party to this decision tell me how hauliers are going to deliver and collect 20 and 40 foot containers to me??...........are the minor roads expected to cope with such large vehicles??......I bet the locals wil just love that! Oh, and before anybody suggests conmtacting the council or Network Rail....I've tried and they are simply not interested saying that ''it is not their problem''........... .good..eh ! themoonraker
  • Score: 7

12:01pm Wed 12 Feb 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

On the bright side, Wootton Bassett will be be so much quieter, less polluted, great for walking the kids and pick up groceries from the nearby corner shop, the residents might actually want the bridge closed off for good.
On the bright side, Wootton Bassett will be be so much quieter, less polluted, great for walking the kids and pick up groceries from the nearby corner shop, the residents might actually want the bridge closed off for good. A.Baron-Cohen
  • Score: -6

1:50pm Wed 12 Feb 14

themoonraker says...

A.Baron-Cohen wrote:
On the bright side, Wootton Bassett will be be so much quieter, less polluted, great for walking the kids and pick up groceries from the nearby corner shop, the residents might actually want the bridge closed off for good.
yes that's true, but I for one will then probably relocate my business elsewhere and not all of my employees drive, so that wil probably put a few more on the WB dole queue, but never mind eh !
[quote][p][bold]A.Baron-Cohen[/bold] wrote: On the bright side, Wootton Bassett will be be so much quieter, less polluted, great for walking the kids and pick up groceries from the nearby corner shop, the residents might actually want the bridge closed off for good.[/p][/quote]yes that's true, but I for one will then probably relocate my business elsewhere and not all of my employees drive, so that wil probably put a few more on the WB dole queue, but never mind eh ! themoonraker
  • Score: 3

1:50pm Wed 12 Feb 14

themoonraker says...

A.Baron-Cohen wrote:
On the bright side, Wootton Bassett will be be so much quieter, less polluted, great for walking the kids and pick up groceries from the nearby corner shop, the residents might actually want the bridge closed off for good.
yes that's true, but I for one will then probably relocate my business elsewhere and not all of my employees drive, so that wil probably put a few more on the WB dole queue, but never mind eh !
[quote][p][bold]A.Baron-Cohen[/bold] wrote: On the bright side, Wootton Bassett will be be so much quieter, less polluted, great for walking the kids and pick up groceries from the nearby corner shop, the residents might actually want the bridge closed off for good.[/p][/quote]yes that's true, but I for one will then probably relocate my business elsewhere and not all of my employees drive, so that wil probably put a few more on the WB dole queue, but never mind eh ! themoonraker
  • Score: 0

3:13pm Wed 12 Feb 14

The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier says...

I contacted the Adver at the beginning of the week (also BBC Points West and BBC Wiltshire radio) and asked them to investigate this story.

It seems the decision to close the bridge has been made with no consultation of consideration to all those to be affected.

That it needs to be closed is one thing. That it needs to be closed for SIX months is another, and seems totally unacceptable. Surely you can build a NEW bridge in far less time!

All the time this story is given minimal exposure, the likelihood of any consideration regarding minimising the impact on everyone who uses this road diminishes.
I contacted the Adver at the beginning of the week (also BBC Points West and BBC Wiltshire radio) and asked them to investigate this story. It seems the decision to close the bridge has been made with no consultation of consideration to all those to be affected. That it needs to be closed is one thing. That it needs to be closed for SIX months is another, and seems totally unacceptable. Surely you can build a NEW bridge in far less time! All the time this story is given minimal exposure, the likelihood of any consideration regarding minimising the impact on everyone who uses this road diminishes. The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier
  • Score: 4

3:53pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Morsey says...

Cheaper to build a new modern road bridge to the side of it then when that is ready, demolish the old structures. Stobart can do it over a weekend!
Cheaper to build a new modern road bridge to the side of it then when that is ready, demolish the old structures. Stobart can do it over a weekend! Morsey
  • Score: 2

4:03pm Wed 12 Feb 14

themoonraker says...

The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier wrote:
I contacted the Adver at the beginning of the week (also BBC Points West and BBC Wiltshire radio) and asked them to investigate this story.

It seems the decision to close the bridge has been made with no consultation of consideration to all those to be affected.

That it needs to be closed is one thing. That it needs to be closed for SIX months is another, and seems totally unacceptable. Surely you can build a NEW bridge in far less time!

All the time this story is given minimal exposure, the likelihood of any consideration regarding minimising the impact on everyone who uses this road diminishes.
............do you know if the adver (or the BBC) have got anywhere/have they even bothered to investigate?......or are their enquiries being ignored as well?
It appears to me that these closures will happen regardless, but I really do believe that the Adver are not remotely interested in any effect it has on the general public, hence the pathetic little article tucked away at the top of the page during the mid-week.
Once again an issue that effects the advers readership are is ignored by the paper, I can't wait to read their next article of importance, probably about a cat stuck in a tree or a rail traveller complaining about having to wait for a repplacement bus service due to the bad weather!
Still at least we can read about their anniversry celebrations.about the wonderful local paper 'that deals with the important local issues of the day'
[quote][p][bold]The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier[/bold] wrote: I contacted the Adver at the beginning of the week (also BBC Points West and BBC Wiltshire radio) and asked them to investigate this story. It seems the decision to close the bridge has been made with no consultation of consideration to all those to be affected. That it needs to be closed is one thing. That it needs to be closed for SIX months is another, and seems totally unacceptable. Surely you can build a NEW bridge in far less time! All the time this story is given minimal exposure, the likelihood of any consideration regarding minimising the impact on everyone who uses this road diminishes.[/p][/quote]............do you know if the adver (or the BBC) have got anywhere/have they even bothered to investigate?......or are their enquiries being ignored as well? It appears to me that these closures will happen regardless, but I really do believe that the Adver are not remotely interested in any effect it has on the general public, hence the pathetic little article tucked away at the top of the page during the mid-week. Once again an issue that effects the advers readership are is ignored by the paper, I can't wait to read their next article of importance, probably about a cat stuck in a tree or a rail traveller complaining about having to wait for a repplacement bus service due to the bad weather! Still at least we can read about their anniversry celebrations.about the wonderful local paper 'that deals with the important local issues of the day' themoonraker
  • Score: 2

8:00am Thu 13 Feb 14

The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier says...

themoonraker wrote:
The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier wrote:
I contacted the Adver at the beginning of the week (also BBC Points West and BBC Wiltshire radio) and asked them to investigate this story.

It seems the decision to close the bridge has been made with no consultation of consideration to all those to be affected.

That it needs to be closed is one thing. That it needs to be closed for SIX months is another, and seems totally unacceptable. Surely you can build a NEW bridge in far less time!

All the time this story is given minimal exposure, the likelihood of any consideration regarding minimising the impact on everyone who uses this road diminishes.
............do you know if the adver (or the BBC) have got anywhere/have they even bothered to investigate?......or are their enquiries being ignored as well?
It appears to me that these closures will happen regardless, but I really do believe that the Adver are not remotely interested in any effect it has on the general public, hence the pathetic little article tucked away at the top of the page during the mid-week.
Once again an issue that effects the advers readership are is ignored by the paper, I can't wait to read their next article of importance, probably about a cat stuck in a tree or a rail traveller complaining about having to wait for a repplacement bus service due to the bad weather!
Still at least we can read about their anniversry celebrations.about the wonderful local paper 'that deals with the important local issues of the day'
I've seen your other comments 'raker and I feel for you. What can a business man do when when he is treated with such contempt and disregard?

I suggest you try the route I did. Contact the media and try to raise awareness of the road closure and it's potential impact on your business/employees. The more people who are aware of the problems it will bring to their lives, the less chance we can be ignored.

If you watch Points West they only have one story at the moment, and that's the Somerset levels. Despite my indignation, I can understand why that is.

How about you try BBC Wilts?

But I'm afraid I still think it's a done deal. It will only massage our sense of injustice, although the issue of emergency vehicles is the one that might sway the decision makers most. If the Stagecoach 55 is suspended for six months I fear it will never be reinstated and that service is really useful in the town near where I live.

My interest is purely that my wife commutes this way everyday, as do other people she works with. It will cost us plenty of time and cash for an unjustifiable length of time and I want someone to give us some consideration for that.
[quote][p][bold]themoonraker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier[/bold] wrote: I contacted the Adver at the beginning of the week (also BBC Points West and BBC Wiltshire radio) and asked them to investigate this story. It seems the decision to close the bridge has been made with no consultation of consideration to all those to be affected. That it needs to be closed is one thing. That it needs to be closed for SIX months is another, and seems totally unacceptable. Surely you can build a NEW bridge in far less time! All the time this story is given minimal exposure, the likelihood of any consideration regarding minimising the impact on everyone who uses this road diminishes.[/p][/quote]............do you know if the adver (or the BBC) have got anywhere/have they even bothered to investigate?......or are their enquiries being ignored as well? It appears to me that these closures will happen regardless, but I really do believe that the Adver are not remotely interested in any effect it has on the general public, hence the pathetic little article tucked away at the top of the page during the mid-week. Once again an issue that effects the advers readership are is ignored by the paper, I can't wait to read their next article of importance, probably about a cat stuck in a tree or a rail traveller complaining about having to wait for a repplacement bus service due to the bad weather! Still at least we can read about their anniversry celebrations.about the wonderful local paper 'that deals with the important local issues of the day'[/p][/quote]I've seen your other comments 'raker and I feel for you. What can a business man do when when he is treated with such contempt and disregard? I suggest you try the route I did. Contact the media and try to raise awareness of the road closure and it's potential impact on your business/employees. The more people who are aware of the problems it will bring to their lives, the less chance we can be ignored. If you watch Points West they only have one story at the moment, and that's the Somerset levels. Despite my indignation, I can understand why that is. How about you try BBC Wilts? But I'm afraid I still think it's a done deal. It will only massage our sense of injustice, although the issue of emergency vehicles is the one that might sway the decision makers most. If the Stagecoach 55 is suspended for six months I fear it will never be reinstated and that service is really useful in the town near where I live. My interest is purely that my wife commutes this way everyday, as do other people she works with. It will cost us plenty of time and cash for an unjustifiable length of time and I want someone to give us some consideration for that. The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier
  • Score: 0

8:06am Thu 13 Feb 14

The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier says...

... and one last observation.

I've heard they plan to rebuild the railway at Dawlish in six weeks. That's because it's costing the railway money. When it costs the public money, they are not in so much of a hurry!
... and one last observation. I've heard they plan to rebuild the railway at Dawlish in six weeks. That's because it's costing the railway money. When it costs the public money, they are not in so much of a hurry! The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier
  • Score: 2

2:26pm Mon 17 Feb 14

shazbabe says...

maybe they will lay on replacement taxi's for the bus travellers who cant get to n from work/college! as for businesses, maybe replacement freight planes! as per usual, someone sitting in an office somewhere, not in Wiltshire, just thinks; shut the road. lets not worry about the people who will be severely obstructed/impaired in carrying out their usual daily commute! As a previous person mentioned, if it was costing 100s of 1000's, like with Dawlish, it'd be done in a flash! so annoying!
maybe they will lay on replacement taxi's for the bus travellers who cant get to n from work/college! as for businesses, maybe replacement freight planes! as per usual, someone sitting in an office somewhere, not in Wiltshire, just thinks; shut the road. lets not worry about the people who will be severely obstructed/impaired in carrying out their usual daily commute! As a previous person mentioned, if it was costing 100s of 1000's, like with Dawlish, it'd be done in a flash! so annoying! shazbabe
  • Score: 0

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