New Eastern Villages transport infrastructure

Context and programme

The current programme of works to the existing highway infrastructure and planned highway improvements.

White Hart Junction Options

White Hart Junction provides a key gateway into Swindon, connecting the A420 with the A419. The purpose of the scheme is to improve capacity and traffic management, and mitigate the impact of development at New Eastern Villages (NEV). The works are proposed to start in 2019 and take approximately 2 years. The scheme is funded from Local Growth Fund, Department for Transport Grant and developer (S106) contributions.

Signalised Roundabout option

The initial proposals are to retain the pedestrian bridge with potential improvements as well as other landscaping and design options to improve the public realm. This option includes enhanced cycle/footway facilities, with signalised crossings on the roundabout.

Diamond Interchange option

The initial proposals would mean that the pedestrian bridge would not be retained due to the new layout but landscaping and design options to improve the public realm are to be considered during the design process. This option also includes enhanced cycle/footway facilities, with signalised crossings on the roundabout.

A420 improvements

The Hub/Symmetry Park junction (Developer delivered)

The Hub/Symmetry Park is the first of the New Eastern Village (NEV) developments to be granted outline planning permission. Once completed, it will comprise employment (logistics and distribution) land use. A new access has been created on the A420 to serve the employment areas and new residential development to the south. 

A420 Gable Cross Junction (SBC delivered)

This junction improvement is required to increase capacity to deal with existing and new demand, provide access to the New Eastern Villages (NEV) development, and improve pedestrian and cycling facilities. This scheme is funded from Local Growth Fund and developer (S106) contributions. The works are proposed to start in 2019 with a duration of 11 months.

Old Vicarage Lane

A Developer scheme to improve capacity at the existing junction with signal control.

A420/Eastern Access at Rowborough

A Developer scheme to provide new access beneath the railway to the northern NEV development and to the south of A420 to the southern NEV development.

A420 Grade Separated Pedestrian Crossing

Options are currently being investigated for a new pedestrian/cycle crossing of the A420. This would identify whether a bridge or underpass could provide a link to connect the northern NEV development with the proposed Secondary school, south of A420.

Great Stall Bridge

The Great Stall Bridge, previously known as The Green Bridge in the SBC Local Plan, will connect the New Eastern Villages (NEV) with the existing community. It will provide pedestrian, cycle and public transport priority into Swindon, thereby reducing conflict with A420 and White Hart junction traffic, and provide a link across the A419 for the existing community to the new District Centre. The scheme is funded from Local Growth Fund and developer (S106) contributions. The works are proposed to start in 2020 with an estimated duration of 16 months.

Southern Connector Road

The purpose of the road is to provide a new link road between the New Eastern Villages (NEV) and Commonhead roundabout relieving demand on the existing highway infrastructure to the north. The works are proposed to start in 2019 and will last approximately 18 months and funded from Local Growth Fund, Department for Transport Grant and developer (S106) contributions. A number of surveys will be carried out prior to the design and start of the works. These will include ecological, archaeological, watercourse, hydrological and topographic surveys amongst others.

In particular the route will be designed to avoid known areas of high archaeological interest and will be amended further if new remains are uncovered. Historical artefacts uncovered during the project will be retained and stored.

West of A419 (Package 2)

The A419 Package 2 works consist of a number of junctions west of the A419, which were identified to receive an increased traffic demand as a result of the New Eastern Villages traffic generation and background traffic redistribution. The junction locations were identified as Piccadilly Roundabout, Coate Water Roundabout and Nythe Road/Oxford Junction; however, the location and design of necessary interventions may change with evolving access strategies and traffic modelling assessment of the New Eastern Villages.

Greenbridge Roundabout

Major improvement works to the Greenbridge roundabout junction were carried out as part of the programme to improve major routes into the town to keep pace with the future development of the New Eastern Villages.

The improvement works included an increase in lanes around the roundabout, entry and exit routes widened and traffic signals installed on all approaches. There are also additional pedestrian and cycle crossings, and a new exit from the Greenbridge retail park to reduce traffic on the roundabout.

The project was necessary to relieve a peak-time bottleneck and improve road links towards the east of Swindon, where 8,000 new homes, a district centre, new schools and employment for up to 4,000 people will be created over the next 15 years as part of the Eastern Villages expansion with a budget of £5.3m

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