ANOTHER major Swindon route will be shutting this month as work to prepare the roads infrastructure for 8,000 new homes continues.

Swindon Borough Council has confirmed Thornhill Road - as well as some lanes on the Gablecross roundabout and the A420 - will be affected by the work.

It said last month the "end was in sight" for motorists frustrated by roadworks at the the White Hart roundabout, with the new northbound sliproad onto the A419 opening. But lane closures remain there and traffic lights are still off until other work is complete. 

That work concerns resurfacing at the Gablecross roundabout and the A420, which started April 6 and will see certain lanes closed from 7pm to 6am until April 29.

Read: Gablecross roundabout and A420 lanes to shut overnight during April

It has now been confirmed Thornhill Road - the main route into South Marston from the Gablecross roundabout - will also be shutting during this period for resurfacing, with a mixture of single lane and complete closures on certain days. 

The southbound lane on the approach to Gablecross will be closed between 7pm and 6am on April 11, 19, 21 and 22.

The road will be fully closed on April 12, 14, 23 and 25.

There will be no work being undertaken during the Easter break from April 15-18.

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In a letter to residents, contractor Dyer and Butler apologied in advance for the inconvenience of this latest road closure.

It wrote: "Dyer and Butler appreciate that you will need to access your premises during these works and welcome you to feed back any specific access requirements you may have.

"Dyer and Butler apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused and we assure you of our very best endeavours at all time in this project."

The New Eastern Villages project will see up to 8,000 new homes built between Wanborough and South Marston, which is why the council has greenlit the sweeping roadworks to increase capacity in the area. 

This covered the Nythe Road/Oxford Road junction, Piccadilly roundabout, White Hart roundabout junction and the Gablecross roundabout junction.

These roadworks started in 2020 or early 2021 and all are still currently ongoing. 

The council has said it expects all of these projects to be complete this month - but the new April deadline is the latest of many.