Plan to minimise congestion over Christmas period in place

A plan to minimise congestion on Swindon’s roads over the festive season will be in operation from Saturday.

A Christmas embargo on 52 roads across the borough has been implemented once again, which will prevent planned highways or utilities work from being carried out until Monday, 4 January.

The embargo will cover all the main arterial routes in Swindon and, in particular, major routes in the town centre, and has been introduced to help drivers in the run-up to the Christmas and New Year period.

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Two major highway schemes will be exempt from the embargo. Network Rail’s replacement of the Swindon Road railway bridge will continue throughout the restrictive period with the diversion remaining in place, while work to transform the Bruce Street Bridges junction will continue until next Thursday, 17 December.

However, Bruce Street Bridges will be completely open to traffic after 17 December and work will be suspended until 4 January with a minor amount of traffic management remaining in place for safety reasons.

Bruce Street Bridges
Bruce Street Bridges

If any emergency or urgent works need to be carried out on the roads included in the embargo, the Council will work with utility companies to keep any disruption to a minimum.

Cllr Dale Heenan, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Sustainability and Transport, said: “The Council increased the number of roads included in the Christmas roadworks embargo last year to cover all the major routes into and around the town. Retailers confirmed an increase in shoppers across the town so I felt it was important we did the same wider ban on roadworks again to keep traffic moving during what is a busy time of year for everyone.

“Motorists have been inconvenienced by some major road works that have been taking place over the last 12 months and I would like to thank them for their patience during this time. 2015 has been a very difficult year but with a new Head of Transport starting soon, changes for the better are already happening to get 2016 off to a positive start.

“The new year will see the completion of several major projects, including the work at Bruce Street Bridges which will be fully open to motorists next week and I have been promised it is now very close to completion.”