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Wanborough traffic calming scheme consultation

Background

As part of the New Eastern Villages (NEV) development, a comprehensive access strategy has been developed to ensure that the surrounding area does not suffer from the effects of additional traffic. One such measure is a new link road, the Southern Connector Road (SCR), which will provide access to the new development from Commonhead and Pack Hill. In order to ensure there is not an increase in inappropriate through traffic in Wanborough and the surrounding villages, the junctions on the SCR have been designed to prohibit movements that could be used as rat-runs. To further discourage through-traffic, the Council has secured grant funding to install traffic calming measures in the village itself.

The purpose of this consultation is to present the initial designs for a traffic calming scheme in Wanborough, and to provide the opportunity for local people to feedback on the proposals.

Proposals for the scheme

The scheme aims to reduce speeds through the use of traditional engineering solutions and psychological traffic calming, whilst also respecting the distinct character of the village.

Changes to the High Street

These include:

  • the realignment of the mini roundabout to reduce approach speed
  • prominent narrowing gateway features with emphasis on the speed limit
  • increased formal parking spaces and reduced informal parking locations
  • additional formal pedestrian crossings
  • priority buildouts to slow drivers and reduce traffic flows in both directions
  • road narrowing through the High Street and on the approach from Callas Hill

You can view the plans below:

Changes to Pack Hill

These include:

  • the introduction of a loop activated LED carriageway sign. This will inform vehicles travelling in the other direction that a larger vehicle is approaching, allowing sufficient time to stop and wait.

You can view the plan below:

Changes to Rotten Row

These include:

  • an upgrade to the existing pedestrian crossing to Hooper’s Field comprising the provision of hazard marker posts either side of the carriageway, on both approaches to the crossing, bringing it to the attention of motorists. In addition to this, road markings on either side of the crossing will warn drivers to slow down.

You can view the plan below:

Future improvements

It has been identified that the Redlands and Lotmead developments will have an impact on Wanborough Road. As a result of this, additional traffic calming along Wanborough Road will be implemented as a condition of the Redlands and Lotmead consents.

Scheme delivery timeline

Construction of the scheme is expected to commence towards the end of 2021 and will last approximately 15 weeks.

Consultation timeline

The consultation will run for 6 weeks from Monday, 6 July to Monday, 17 August 2020. You can provide feedback by completing the online form below:

Wanborough traffic calming consultation form

Further information

If you would like any further details on the scheme, email the New Eastern Villages team at WTC@swindon.gov.uk

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