Drivers in Swindon have reported countless numbers of near-misses on a roundabout they claim is slippery and very dangerous, especially in the rain.

Mike Wilson took to Facebook to warn other drivers of his experience and urge the council to resurface the road or put down textured tarmac on the B4289 roundabout on Great Western Way, after incidents of people 'spinning out' and some cases of people crashing and writing their cars off. 

He said: “I was travelling from St Mary’s Grove, turning right towards North Star at about 13mph. The rear of my car tried to spin out which I turned into and regained control.

"I had a large ford truck slowing behind me and my front was slightly into the left lane slowing down a blue VW. I remained calm as it slid so I could regain control.

“The thing people don’t realise is that your car begins to pick up speed in an involuntary slide. If you don’t know how to correct it, you’re in trouble or going into other road users.

“No roundabout should do this. What if it was an elderly person, an inexperienced or new driver or worse, someone who was speeding? Then that would be fatal.”

Natasha Marie had a similar incident, saying: “I did a 180 spin on that roundabout on the way to work before Christmas and it scared the life out of me. Luckily it was 6:30am and no other cars were nearby when I span.

"Cars were then coming round honking at me because I was facing the wrong way. Truly awful. I had just had new tyres a week before and had slowed before approaching the roundabout. Now I snail across it.”

Kathrine Gillett commented: “It’s caught so many drivers out, it happens all the time on this roundabout and has been for a long time.

"I agree something needs to be done with the surface of it. And people losing control on this roundabout in most cases are driving cautiously, although you get the odd person that drives at speed and loses control."

Caroline Townsend said: “My son was in a rollover there in early December. Luckily no serious injuries but the 4x4 was a write-off. It’s about time something was done about the surface, the diesel spillages and the camber. One day something awful will happen there.” 

Swindon Borough Council were approached for comment.