The village of Wanborough currently finds itself besieged by roadworks with almost every route in, or out, either closed or expected to cause delays. 

But the addition of four-way temporary traffic lights on Pack Hill on Monday to the list of affected roads has proven to be the straw that broke the camel's back, sparking concern amongst villagers.

Motorists were stuck in traffic caused by them this morning, including Ridgeway ward councillor Gary Sumner, who immediately put the council's Streetworks team onto contractors Buckingham. 

Posting on Facebook earlier on Tuesday afternoon, he said: "They were not allowed 4-way lights and the closure length is excessive. Streetworks are having serious words now."

A few hours later he confirmed that they would be removed after Swindon Borough Council's Streetworks team 'suggested alternative ways to carry out this phase of works to minimise disruption.'

While people will be relieved to hear that disruption on Pack Hill will be reduced because of this, they still have to tackle several other road closures cutting the village off and making journeys harder 

This includes the closure of Wanborough Road, the main route into the village from Covingham, which was closed for three months starting Monday as part of the New Eastern Villages preparation.

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This meant that anyone wishing to get from one end of the village to the other, like the aforementioned nursery, or Lotmead Pick Your Own, will have to drive the official diversion route through Liddington, towards Commonhead, through Dorcan, then Covingham and then back again. 

Pack Hill and Church Road are not on the official diversion route to try and reduce traffic on these unsuitable roads but are often used by residents who are already reporting near misses and problems being caused.  

The addition of these lights saw residents who live on Church Road taking 35 minutes to get to Poplars Nursery - usually a 5-minute drive.

The Marsh, a shortcut from the Covingham end of the village to Commonhead Roundabout has also been closed since October and isn't expected to reopen until September.

The High Street itself has also seen extensive lane and total closures to allow for the addition of traffic calming measures and is also being closed from Monday to Friday this week at certain times. 

One resident said: "There’s literally no reliable way in or out of the village at the moment - the planning is horrendous!"