Chippenham bridge is made safer after concerns raised

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Work is being finished at Lowden Hill tunnel Work is being finished at Lowden Hill tunnel

Long-awaited work to improve safety at Lowden Hill tunnel, Chippenham, should be finished by the end of the week.

Since work began on January 6 after flooding there subsided, a new footway has been created, the road resurfaced and the one-way system changed to two-way, with priority given in the Bath Road direction. White lines were due to be painted today.

A Wiltshire Council spokesman said: “These improvements were requested by local people after concerns about the traffic. We are working with the town council which is helping to fund this work. The scheme will slow vehicles down as they come over the brow of the hill.”

The new give-way marking and sign is due to be monitored for an initial period in order to assess its effectiveness before deciding whether it will be retained permanently.

At the Chippenham area board meeting last week, Martin Rose, principal traffic engineer for Wiltshire Council, said the tunnel was one of nine highways improvements totalling £25,000 scheduled to be done in the area this year, under the recommendation of Chippen-ham’s community area transport group.

Other schemes included lighting for Lowden Hill tunnel and an upgraded zebra crossing at New Road.

A footway has now also been constructed outside Clift House retirement housing on Langley Road.

The schemes were all suggested by residents, businesses and town and parish councils, encouraged by Mr Rose.

Parvis Khansari, associate director for highways and transport, told the area board it was the first time people had had the opportunity to help set priorities for road improvements, as expenditure on maintenance had been increased.

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4:14pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Tannerman says...

Shame that they cannot fix London road, full of pot holes/ a danger for cars and cyclists. Pot holes by zebra crossings. To top this all it being dug up again by the gas board!
Shame that they cannot fix London road, full of pot holes/ a danger for cars and cyclists. Pot holes by zebra crossings. To top this all it being dug up again by the gas board! Tannerman

5:56pm Thu 16 Jan 14

WR950 says...

Stop wasting my council tax on all this nonsense and just resurface some ****ing roads!
Stop wasting my council tax on all this nonsense and just resurface some ****ing roads! WR950

9:25am Fri 17 Jan 14

dragon22 says...

Cant really see how this has made it safer. The footway is no more safe than before and you have traffic from both directions meaning you will get more people turning into the road from the bottom of the hill, most likely from the outbound side of the road and needing to cross the inbound side. Not convinced this has been very well thought out at all. What a waste of money!
Cant really see how this has made it safer. The footway is no more safe than before and you have traffic from both directions meaning you will get more people turning into the road from the bottom of the hill, most likely from the outbound side of the road and needing to cross the inbound side. Not convinced this has been very well thought out at all. What a waste of money! dragon22

5:09pm Fri 17 Jan 14

mhudston says...

I thought it was the path through the tunnel that was supposed to be made safer? Where is this BRIDGE exactly?
I thought it was the path through the tunnel that was supposed to be made safer? Where is this BRIDGE exactly? mhudston

7:45pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Paul Tucker says...

dragon22 wrote:
Cant really see how this has made it safer. The footway is no more safe than before and you have traffic from both directions meaning you will get more people turning into the road from the bottom of the hill, most likely from the outbound side of the road and needing to cross the inbound side. Not convinced this has been very well thought out at all. What a waste of money!
100% agree. Why don't the local rag's reporters have any critical faculties?
[quote][p][bold]dragon22[/bold] wrote: Cant really see how this has made it safer. The footway is no more safe than before and you have traffic from both directions meaning you will get more people turning into the road from the bottom of the hill, most likely from the outbound side of the road and needing to cross the inbound side. Not convinced this has been very well thought out at all. What a waste of money![/p][/quote]100% agree. Why don't the local rag's reporters have any critical faculties? Paul Tucker

8:18am Mon 20 Jan 14

Paul Tucker says...

Actually they haven't made it two way thank goodness but there seems to be a new GiveWay line at the top of the hill. Good luck with that.
Actually they haven't made it two way thank goodness but there seems to be a new GiveWay line at the top of the hill. Good luck with that. Paul Tucker

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