Find out about the Mannington roundabout project
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Mannington roundabout is a key intersection in Swindon’s strategic road network, connecting the M4 Junction 16 to the town centre and beyond. Due to the increase in traffic on Swindon’s roads this junction has, over the years, become heavily congested at peak times.
Funding has been secured from the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership to develop a scheme aimed at alleviating the congestion and improving conditions for those using the roundabout. This project is part of a package of measures totalling £3.2 million which will deliver a Quality Bus Corridor from Wichelstowe to the town centre, providing more reliable journey times.
Phase 1 - complete
Work on the scheme began in February 2018 with the successful removal of the Wootton Bassett Road bus lane between Mannington Roundabout and the railway bridge. This was done overnight in order to minimise disruption to traffic and the new layout on Wootton Bassett Road is working well. Some vegetation has also been cleared by the Mannington Retail Park which had to be completed before bird nesting season began in March.
Phase 2 – complete
The work on Tewkesbury Way was completed in July 2018 and involved the removal of the physical traffic island and shortening of the bus lane in order to extend the 3 lane approach Mannington Roundabout, providing more queuing space.
We have since removed the lane arrow markings approaching the roundabout from Tewkesbury Way following feedback from members of the public. This appears to have addressed concerns making the flow of traffic more efficient.
Phase 3 – complete
This phase of the Mannington roundabout improvement project was completed in February 2019. It contributes to the improved traffic flow from Great Western Way B4006 into Wootton Bassett Road (by the Fish Brothers garage). The main works for this phase of the project began on Wootton Bassett Road. The road was widened to create another lane for traffic coming off the roundabout.
The road was then also widened as follows:
- in front of the Fish Brothers garage (from Great Western Way B4006 to Wootton Bassett Road A3102)
- in the central reservation of Great Western Way B4006 southbound
- on the central roundabout island (opposite the Fish Brothers garage)
The whole north eastern section of the roundabout, including all the areas alongside the new kerb lines, was successfully resurfaced and relined. The entire roundabout was also given a full road marking refresh.
The part-time traffic signals on the roundabout have now been fully reinstated.
Phase 4 – starting in spring 2019
The final phase of the project will be based at Mannington retail park. A new slip lane from the retail park onto Great Western Way (A3102), will reduce the volume of traffic leaving the retail park at Wootton Bassett Road and entering Mannington Roundabout. Telford Way, in the retail park itself, will be widened to make way for a two-way flow. New traffic signs will also be installed, improving the internal flow.
The speed limit will be reduced to 40mph for traffic heading westbound from Mannington towards Blagrove, to a point just past the retail park. We will also provide a new system of street lighting in this area. The speed limit will also be reduced to 50mph for eastbound traffic approaching Mannington from Blagrove. These changes seek to improve overall safety and to reduce the number of road traffic accidents in this area.
We plan to start the work in this area in May 2019.
Information outlining the details of Phase 4 can be found in the following document: