A National Highways Update
M4 J15 Advance warning of overnight closures
The last planned overnight closures are as follows;
29th September- 8pm to 6am
West side of the roundabout closed including west side slip roads. There will be no access from the A346 northbound onto the M4 J15 and eastbound off slip and westbound on slip will be closed.
30th September and 1st October - 8pm to 6am
East side of roundabout closed including east side slip roads. There will no access from the A419 southbound onto M4 J15 and the eastbound on slip and westbound off slip will be closed.
30th September to 15th October- 8pm -6am
The A419 Southbound will be closed between Commonhead roundabout and M4 J15
19th and 20th October- 8pm-6am
M4 J15 eastbound off slip will be closed for resurfacing.
All roads will be open as usual during the day

Public Notice from Swindon Borough Council 





This Order is being introduced for essential highway maintenance and will prohibit vehicles from proceeding when overnight closures are in place on the following roads:

 Faraday Road adjacent to Dorcan Industrial Estate – No through road (access only)

A361 Highworth Road at Redlands Area - traffic to be diverted via B4019, A419, A361 and vice versa

A361 Vickers Roundabout on Highworth Road – traffic to be diverted via A361, B4019, A419 and vice versa

A4259 Queens Drive/Frobisher Drive eastbound and westbound at Frobisher Drive Junction – traffic to be diverted via Drakes Way, Marlowe Avenue, Shaftesbury Avenue, Whitbourne Avenue and vice versa

B4006 New Inn Roundabout along Swindon Road – traffic to be diverted via Drakes Way, Ocotal Way, A4311, B4143 and vice versa

Callas Hill at Lower Wanborough leading to Body Horse Hill – traffic to be diverted via Callas Hill to Fox Hill, Hatchett Hill, White Hill, Body Horse Hill and vice versa.

Callas Hill at Upper Wanborough leading to Church Road – traffic to be diverted via Callas Hill to Fox Hill, head south west and then north west on the un-named road east of the M4 joining up to Ham Road and vice versa.

Church Place -  eastbound traffic to be diverted via Park Lane, Faringdon Road, Emlyn Square and westbound traffic via Bristol Street, London Street, Sheppard Street, Wellington Street, Milford Street,  Holbrook Way,  Faringdon Road and Park Lane

 Bus Lane suspension at A4259 Queens Drive/ Frobisher Drive and 30mph speed limit along A346 Marlborough Road northbound towards Butt Road and southbound towards New Road/Ridgeway Crossroads, south of the Ridgeway Crossroads adjacent to Three Tree Farm shop, on the approach to Badbury Roundabout on the M4 motorway

The Order will come into force on the 27 September 2021 for 18 months but the road closures and restrictions will only be put in advance following advance notice of dates on site and as/when required.  It is anticipated that each closure/ restriction only be in place no more than 10 days from 27 September 2021 to 17 December 2021

New issues with water table force contractor to revise White Hart roundabout reconstruction scheme

Reinforced plastic grids are being added to the base of White Hart roundabout after the levels of groundwater were found to be much higher than expected underneath the road.
For the last three weeks, Swindon Borough Council’s contractor, Osborne, has begun building the road’s sub base from scratch after serious defects were uncovered earlier this year.
But, during the course of that work, Osborne has discovered that the higher than expected groundwater table has severely weakened the underlying clay which props up the road base.
Now, in order to strengthen the road surface and subsequent layers so it can take the weight of heavy goods vehicles for the next few decades, a modified road structure design is being introduced which will involve laying reinforced plastic grids above the clay and between the stone layers.

These work by distributing the vehicle load across a wider area, extending the working life of the finished road.
Although the additional work is well underway, the roundabout closure could be extended for an additional four weeks, although Osborne are hoping to minimise this as much as possible.
The extra work is being paid for out of contingency funding for the overall scheme. Osborne has already dug down almost a metre beneath the surface to build a new structure for the road base.
The nature of the work means it is not safe to keep the roundabout open to through traffic. Access continues to be maintained for emergency services only and diversions remain in place for all other road users.
Road traffic is still open to use the junction to leave the A419 southbound to join the A420 eastbound, or to leave the A420 westbound to join the A419 southbound only. This has allowed the contractor to maintain access to St Margaret’s Retail Park, Sainsbury’s, the Truck Stop, and other businesses on the A420.

Residents are advised that businesses in the local area remain open for customers.

White Hart roundabout is one of several key junctions being upgraded to help mitigate the impact of the New Eastern Villages (NEV) development being built to the east of the A419.
Although traffic will be able use the roundabout later this year, the overall £30m improvement scheme is due to be completed in February next year as it also involves creating a new bridge over the Great Western Mainline and a new northbound slip road.

Residents can stay up to date with roadworks as part of the New Eastern Villages (NEV) scheme by signing up to the NEV newsletter: www.swindon.gov.uk/newsletter

New Eastern Villages- White Hart Junction Improvement

The installation of the pre-cast concrete bridge beams for the planned railway bridge is ongoing.

Work will take place overnight between 10pm and 7:30am as planned on Saturday 4th September. Work will continue on Monday 6th September to Thursday 9th September overnight between 10pm and 7:30am.

The nights of Saturday 18th and Saturday 25th September have been booked as contingency dates. 

New Eastern Villages - White Hart Junction Improvement

Overnight works will be carried out installing pre-cast concrete bridge beams for the planned railway bridge. Works will take place overnight between 10pm and 7:30am on Saturday 14th, 21st, 28th August and Saturday 4th September. This will also include some daytime works to prepare for the overnight works.