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Aiming to end road flood misery
WORK to transform an area prone to flooding is set to start next month.
The Bruce Street Bridges junction is always one of the first to flood when the town experiences any heavy rainfall but that could be a thing of the past when the flood alleviation works are completed next year.
A programme for the work, which is set to be carried out by Thames Water, has not yet been announced but the work is likely to begin in October and be completed by August next year.
The work will improve the sewer network to reduce sewer flooding and also to allow for future developments in the area.
Thames Water will be holding a public drop-in on Friday, September 19, on the planned work where residents can discuss their issues with the project team.
A spokesman for Thames Water said: “We’re working closely with Swindon Council to plan our sewer improvement works so that there is minimal disruption to local people.
“We will need to close several roads and we are currently agreeing dates and diversion routes with the council.
“We would urge any local people with questions about our scheme to come to our public drop-in session on Thursday September 19 at Western Community Centre, Somerset Road.
“The project team will be there from 3pm to 7.30pm.”
When the work is completed it will allow the council to begin works on developing the junction to make it less of a traffic bottleneck.
The final plan for Bruce Street, revealed to residents at a consultation earlier this year, has traffic lights at peak times only, with setback controlled pedestrian crossings on the western and northern arms.
There would be give way restrictions at Bruce Street, Rodbourne Road and Kemble Drive, as well as improved pedestrian and cycle routes.
The work at Bruce Street Bridges is part of Swindon Council’s estimated £10.7m scheme to remodel four roundabouts on Great Western Way over a four-year period to reduce congestion and boost the local economy.
The other roundabouts are Transfer Bridges, North Star and Cockleberry.
Work was also meant to start in the area this week to bring down the former Even Swindon School but that has been pushed back while the council is tendering for the demolition contract and it is not expected to be finalised for three to four weeks.
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