Extra capacity created on Mead Way as first section of road prepares to reopen
A major section of Mead Way will reopen to motorists at the end of this month.
Published: Thursday, 11th March 2021
The key road in West Swindon will open to traffic between Great Western Way and Westmead roundabout for those accessing Westmead industrial estate. The upgraded road will feature a new additional lane heading northbound, which will increase capacity and improve journey times for drivers.
Once the £4m improvement scheme is complete, the extra lane, which will run from the Meads roundabout to Withymead roundabout, will accommodate an additional 2,600 vehicles per hour in flowing traffic.
Work has already begun on the next phase of the improvement scheme but, once the new section is open, the road between Westmead Drive and Withymead roundabout (by Simply Gym and Kidz About) will be completely closed to traffic.
This will allow the Council’s contractor to finish installing a signalised crossroad junction and toucan crossing, replacing the Westmead roundabout. Temporary traffic lights will be in place for this part of the work.
Once the roundabout has been removed, the additional lane will then be extended to the Withymead roundabout.
Access to Westmead industrial estate will be maintained at all times via Mead roundabout; there will be no access to Stonehill Green. Access to Stonehill Green will be via The Chesters and buses will remain diverted via Great Western Way.
Councillor Maureen Penny, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Maintenance and Waste Services, said: “Local businesses and residents have been incredibly patient while this work has taken place.
“In an ideal world we would have had this scheme up and running by now, but the pandemic has caused major issues for the utility companies and we haven’t been able to deliver these improvements until the various cables and pipes had been diverted.
“We’re over that hurdle now and I’m really pleased we will have this section open at the end of this month so people can see visible progress on site and how the increased capacity will help traffic flow in the local area.
“We will then be pressing ahead to get the whole road back open again for all motorists over the coming months.”
Motorists can stay up to date with progress on the work by signing up to the dedicated Mead Way newsletter at www.swindon.gov.uk/newsletter.