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Taxi driver angry over roundabout repairs
A TAXI driver has condemned the council for spending thousands of pounds on expanding a roundabout only to pay even more money months later to fix its kerbs.
Nick Chambers said he has been forced to sit in queues while the roadworks have been taking place at the roundabout linking Chapel Street/Gipsy Lane and the length of the A4311 Cirencester Way from Transfer Bridges Roundabout.
This has not only cost him time but money from his daily earnings, he says. The roadworks are repairing the kerbs of the roundabout and are also resurfacing the road, to improve its grip.
The work is taking place during the evenings and weekends.
The 47-year-old said he did not think the roundabout required enlarging in the first place, and has branded the authority as ridiculous now they have returned to fix the kerbs just half a year later. “They have made a monstrous mess there,” said Nick, of Stratton. “Traffic has been building up – it’s horrendous. Money is being squandered. It has been making me late for customers and my customers late too.”
He said it would be too hard to calculate how much has been lost in earnings during the two separate roadworks.
A spokesperson for Swindon Council said the money for the work was coming out of its normal road maintenance budget but the authority was not able to give an exact amount before the Adver went to print.
“It’s impossible to make repairs to roads and roundabouts on major routes without some disruption, but we are trying to keep this to a minimum,” said the council spokesperson.
“We’re repairing the kerbs on the roundabout, with one lane open at all times. After that we’re going to resurface the road, which will improve the skid resistance, and we will also be making the lane markings clearer. That work will involve a complete road closure, but it will take place on the first two weekends of November, overnight, between 8pm to 6am to cause as little disruption to traffic as possible. Diversions will be in place and we’ve had signs up warning drivers about the work for some time.”
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