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Busy town centre road reopens ahead of schedule after months of road works

Corporation Street has reopened ahead of schedule. <i>(Image: Swindon Borough Council)</i>
Corporation Street has reopened ahead of schedule. (Image: Swindon Borough Council)

One of Swindon’s key roads has reopened ahead of schedule following months of renovations.

Corporation Street in the town centre has been closed since August 14 for roadworks commissioned by Swindon Borough Council.

The busy road’s temporary closure has come as part of the council’s £33 million Fleming Way redevelopment.

SBC has been spending weeks changing the layout of the Whalebridge junction and the key road to make them compatible with the regeneration of Fleming Way.

Swindon Advertiser: The work on the Whalebridge junction.
Swindon Advertiser: The work on the Whalebridge junction.

The work on the Whalebridge junction. (Image: Swindon Borough Council)

The works had caused major traffic diversions and delays with the majority of Swindon’s bus services having to be diverted via the nearby Manchester Road.

Corporation Street reopened on Wednesday morning with a new additional southbound lane on the approach to Whalebridge junction in the direction of the Leonardo Hotel.

Works included numerous underground upgrades to existing utility services, which has taken some coordination but is expected to reduce further works in the area over the coming years.

The £1.1m scheme also includes a new access road into the Kimmerfields development site next to Zurich’s Unity Place office.

A new dedicated cycle lane has also been created which will link up the Eastern Flyer cycle route with Fleming Way.

Swindon Advertiser: The Swindon street has been shut for three months.
Swindon Advertiser: The Swindon street has been shut for three months.

The Swindon street has been shut for three months. (Image: Swindon Borough Council)

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The improvements to the cycle network were made following consultation with the Swindon Cycle Campaign group.

The road was originally due to reopen prior to Christmas but local firm Lake Edge Limited successfully completed the project using local employees and utilising a local supply chain.

Councillor Chris Watts, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment and Transport, said: “I’m very pleased to see the work has finished early and within budget and the road is looking excellent.

“I’d like to thank Lake Edge for working extremely hard to get the scheme finished on time and managing the various utility companies to ensure there was no impact on the deadline.

“As an administration, we want to use more local companies to carry out projects for us across the borough and this is a great start.

“This resonates with our aspirations of community wealth building and keeping funds within the borough as part of our Build a Better Swindon policy.

“I know the road closure has been an inconvenience for many people over the past few months, but it will help improve traffic flow through the Whalebridge junction and has helped unlock development in the Kimmerfields brownfield site through the creation of the new access road.”