Lane closures and speed restrictions on major route due to demolition

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Council provides update on progress to remove Queen's Drive subway
Council provides update on progress to remove Queen's Drive subway

Construction work to remove a subway that many in Swindon wanted to see remain is continuing.

The subway, on Queen's Drive, near Kirby Close, was deemed to not meet modern safety and accessibility standards by Swindon Borough Council so they opted to mothball it, fill it in, and replace it with a new signalised crossing.

Earlier this year, the public notices for the planned underpass closure received 125 responses, of which 120 were against the proposals with only five in support. But councillors failed in a bid to get the decision to remove them called in.

Work started to remove the subway in August and now, in its Highways Newsletter, the council has provided an update on how things have progressed so far.

It said: "Work to replace the subway underneath Queens Drive, near Kirby Close, with a new signalised crossing continues to progress. Our contractor, Knights Brown Construction Ltd, has started the process of widening the footpath on the eastern side of Queens Drive to link up with the new crossing.

"The contractor is also making new drainage connections and installing new kerbs for the crossing. Over the coming weeks, lane closures and speed restrictions will continue along Queens Drive to accommodate these works."