White Hart junction
White Hart Junction is a key gateway into Swindon, connecting the A420 with the A419. A new slip road will provide a safer and quicker connection to the M4 and A419. Work will be carried out to improve safety, provide additional capacity, and mitigate the impact of the New Eastern Villages (NEV) development to cope with current traffic and accommodate additional traffic generated by the NEV Development in this area of the town. In its current form, the White Hart junction is operating at near capacity and would not cope with the predicted future traffic flows.
External funding has been awarded from the Department of Transport (DfT) and Local Growth Fund (LGF). The total amount of funding awarded to this scheme is £29m and the remaining £1m will be obtained from developers’ contributions (S106).
What work is planned?
Plans include adding traffic signals at the White Hart roundabout and constructing a new northbound slip road on to the A419. This will replace the existing slip road which is not up to standard. It will be built to the north of the roundabout and will require the construction of a new bridge over the railway.
Other work will include the widening of the southbound slip road from the A419 on to the White Hart roundabout. The existing entry point off White Hart junction on to Ermin Street will be closed and replaced with a new section of road and priority junction off Oxford Road. There will also be an increase in the number of lanes on the roundabout and the existing footbridge will be retained.
Noise pollution and mitigation measures have been considered within the detailed design of White Hart junction. As part of the scheme, the council’s design engineers will undertake noise monitoring before and after the scheme is delivered and this study will form the basis of mitigation measures.
You can view a detailed map and 3D illustration of what the junction will look like in the documents below:
In addition, the following video shows a flythrough of the White Hart junction:
When will the work be done?
Work began on the railway in October 2019 and work on the carriageway will start in Spring/Summer 2020. The project is expected to be completed by Winter 2021.