Warning roadworks will continue into the autumn

Swindon Advertiser: Congestion on Drove Road and the Magic Roundabout Congestion on Drove Road and the Magic Roundabout

THE town’s motorists are set for more rush-hour rage as major arterial routes face prolonged closures this autumn.

Several roads, including Croft Road and Victoria Road, in Old Town , Kingsdown Road, in Stratton , and Tadpole Lane, in Blunsdon , have seen gridlocked traffic queueing to find diversions at peak times.

The Adver even revealed on Thursday how some impatient drivers took extreme measures to get round the Thames Water roadblock in Victoria Road by mounting the pavement.

On Swindon Council’s website there are a total of 40 current or planned closures across the town, ranging from resurfacing by the council to major works by utility firms.

And motorists are frustrated about delays along even the diversion routes, as one driver, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “I was expecting Victoria Road to be closed during rush hour on Monday so I took a different route to work, but the whole town seemed pretty congested because there are roadworks everywhere.”

Another said: “It slipped my mind that Victoria Road was closed and when I tried to follow the diversion I became stuck in a bottleneck that way too. “What good is a diversion if those roads can’t cope with the extra traffic or more roadworks are blocking the way there as well?”

The work on Victoria Road could even be set to carry on into next week as a spokesman for Thames Water said: “The work has been more difficult than anticipated due to the depth of the collapse underground.

“We will be finished by Monday at the latest, but are still hoping to get this done by Sunday. We’re sorry for the disruption this is causing.”

Coun Keith Williams , the cabinet member for transport, said he felt for motorists and blamed the town’s ageing infrastructure.

“I know it is frustrating for drivers,” he said. “A lot of the closures are not so much the council resurfacing roads but the utility firms carrying out necessary work.

“There is little we can do as they have a mandate to carry out work if necessary.

“If they don’t carry out the work it could lead to holes in the roads and could put lives at risk.

For a full list of road closures visit www.swindon.gov.uk and click on the transport and streets link.

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8:52am Sat 15 Sep 12

umpcah says...

With more housing planned on the outskirts of the town congestion will undoubtedly get worse so it`s all good practice for Swindon`s drivers !
With more housing planned on the outskirts of the town congestion will undoubtedly get worse so it`s all good practice for Swindon`s drivers ! umpcah

4:08pm Sat 15 Sep 12

eucalyptus says...

All necessary work. People are notified well in advance.
All necessary work. People are notified well in advance. eucalyptus

10:22pm Sat 15 Sep 12

PJC says...

I dunno. People complain when they don't fix the roads, then complain when they do!
I dunno. People complain when they don't fix the roads, then complain when they do! PJC

1:55pm Sun 16 Sep 12

greenpacer says...

As long as they get there act together and don't dig up roads again after they have just been resurfaced then I have no complaint !
As long as they get there act together and don't dig up roads again after they have just been resurfaced then I have no complaint ! greenpacer

9:03am Mon 17 Sep 12

Ringer says...

This is what happens when successive governments abuse motorists as a source of tax revenue.

Only a tiny percentage of the money stolen from motorists by the Treasury is ever spent on new roads of improving the existing ones.

They've been robbing Peter to pay Paul for decades and with the increase in population and people having to travel further afield to find work, the end result is the kind of traffic congestion we all used to look at Los Angeles and think could never happen here.

Naturally, while the politicians say they 'feel' for motorists, they'll simply keep stealing our money and not doing anything about the problem. As the population is set to rapidly rise to 70 million, almost entirely due to immigration, over the next few years, we can only expect things to get worse.

These current road closures simply highlight the fact that Swindon's road network already fails the moment there are more than two major roads closed due to roadworks or accidents.
This is what happens when successive governments abuse motorists as a source of tax revenue. [p] Only a tiny percentage of the money stolen from motorists by the Treasury is ever spent on new roads of improving the existing ones. [p] They've been robbing Peter to pay Paul for decades and with the increase in population and people having to travel further afield to find work, the end result is the kind of traffic congestion we all used to look at Los Angeles and think could never happen here. [p] Naturally, while the politicians say they 'feel' for motorists, they'll simply keep stealing our money and not doing anything about the problem. As the population is set to rapidly rise to 70 million, almost entirely due to immigration, over the next few years, we can only expect things to get worse. [p] These current road closures simply highlight the fact that Swindon's road network already fails the moment there are more than two major roads closed due to roadworks or accidents. Ringer

12:00pm Mon 17 Sep 12

PaulD says...

I'm glad I rarely have to drive any more
I'm glad I rarely have to drive any more PaulD

12:29pm Mon 17 Sep 12

Even Angrier Monkey says...

Ringer wrote:
This is what happens when successive governments abuse motorists as a source of tax revenue. Only a tiny percentage of the money stolen from motorists by the Treasury is ever spent on new roads of improving the existing ones. They've been robbing Peter to pay Paul for decades and with the increase in population and people having to travel further afield to find work, the end result is the kind of traffic congestion we all used to look at Los Angeles and think could never happen here. Naturally, while the politicians say they 'feel' for motorists, they'll simply keep stealing our money and not doing anything about the problem. As the population is set to rapidly rise to 70 million, almost entirely due to immigration, over the next few years, we can only expect things to get worse. These current road closures simply highlight the fact that Swindon's road network already fails the moment there are more than two major roads closed due to roadworks or accidents.
Excellent points.
.
No doubt the council will tell us we should all be using public transport, completly ignoring the fact that for many people it simply doesnt run when or where they they need to go and even if it does its expensive and inconvienient.
[quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: This is what happens when successive governments abuse motorists as a source of tax revenue. [p] Only a tiny percentage of the money stolen from motorists by the Treasury is ever spent on new roads of improving the existing ones. [p] They've been robbing Peter to pay Paul for decades and with the increase in population and people having to travel further afield to find work, the end result is the kind of traffic congestion we all used to look at Los Angeles and think could never happen here. [p] Naturally, while the politicians say they 'feel' for motorists, they'll simply keep stealing our money and not doing anything about the problem. As the population is set to rapidly rise to 70 million, almost entirely due to immigration, over the next few years, we can only expect things to get worse. [p] These current road closures simply highlight the fact that Swindon's road network already fails the moment there are more than two major roads closed due to roadworks or accidents.[/p][/quote]Excellent points. . No doubt the council will tell us we should all be using public transport, completly ignoring the fact that for many people it simply doesnt run when or where they they need to go and even if it does its expensive and inconvienient. Even Angrier Monkey

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