The New Eastern Villages (NEV) is one of the largest greenfield developments in the country, and we want to keep you updated as work progresses.
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Piccadilly roundabout and Nythe Road: R&W Civil Engineering
Gablecross junction: Dyer & Butler Ltd
As a reminder, below is what's planned for each of these junctions, as well as links for where you can read a bit more about each and a map to show how some of the junctions will look after the improvement work.
The contractors will be setting up their compounds and beginning work at each of the sites in early January.
This improvement scheme will see the roundabout being made larger as well as the addition of traffic signals to provide sufficient capacity in order to accommodate increased levels of traffic. Work starts in January 2021 and is due for completion in late summer 2021. Read more about this scheme here.
Piccadilly roundabout (on Dorcan Way)
The key elements of this improvement scheme are alterations to the existing roundabout including a larger central island, widening of the road on approaches, and improved road markings. Controlled crossings that are more user friendly for pedestrians and cyclists will also be installed and upgrades will be made to drainage facilities. Work will start in January 2021 and is due for completion in summer 2021. Find out more here.
As part of this scheme, Oxford Road will be widened at the Nythe Road junction to allow two approach lanes in each direction. The pedestrian crossing will also be upgraded and flooding mitigation measures will be implemented. Work will begin in January 2021 and is due for completion in summer 2021. Read more about this scheme here.
A look back at work at White Hart junction so far
As the year draws to a close, we wanted to take the opportunity to have a look back at progress made at White Hart junction this year. A few key pieces of activity include:
Should you need it, the emergency number for White Hart junction construction work and traffic management is 07899 751807.
What's coming up?
Essential work on the railway as part of White Hart scheme
Osborne, the contractor for the White Hart junction scheme, will be completing the alterations to the overhead line electrification on the railway during the Christmas break when the railway line is not operational, as follows:
Saturday, 19 December 11pm – 8am
Friday, 25 December 6pm – 6am
Saturday, 26 December 6pm – 6am
This work is essential to allow construction of the bridge over the railway to form part of the new A419 northbound on-slip road. Residents in the nearby area might be able to hear some noise from site so we would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.
Wastewater Pumping Station (S/20/1554) - A planning application has been received from Thames Water for a proposed wastewater pumping station at the New Eastern Villages. It will be located to the east of the A419 at Great Stall West and will provide additional foul capacity, critical to support the development at the New Eastern Villages.
The new rising mains connecting the proposed wastewater pumping station and the existing wastewater network to the east of Swindon via an under-road crossing of the A419 are to be constructed under permitted development rights.
Southern Connector Road (S/20/1538) - A Section 73 application has been received to amend various planning conditions from the approved planning application, granted in December 2019 (S/19/0703). The purpose of the application is to ensure a phased and timely approach to the delivery of the Southern Connector Road.
Update on work at Junction 15 of the M4
Highways England are working on a £17.15m scheme to alleviate the bottleneck at both the M4 junction and on the A419 before new homes are built. On the northeast corner of the junction, Highways England have laid the first of the tarmac and on the southeast and southwest corners, embankment works are continuing. Work will now be paused between 18 December to 4 January. Find out more about the scheme here.
Answering some of your questions
Thank you to those of you who have provided feedback on the newsletter so far. We wanted to address a few of the common questions raised:
How will the work be arranged to allow local residents to be able to move around during this ongoing work?
We have the same traffic management contractor working on each scheme which means it will be coordinated along the A420 corridor. Regular meetings are held with Osborne and from January, all contractors will meet to discuss the programme of works to minimise congestion as far as possible.
What input have bus operators had on the schemes?
Bus operators have been engaged throughout the NEV highways process.
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