£2.7m improvements to A350 north of Chippenham start soon

John Thomson, Wiltshire Council's cabinet member for highways

John Thomson, Wiltshire Council's cabinet member for highways

First published in News by , Senior reporter

A £2.7m scheme to improve traffic flow on the congested A350 north of Chippenham starts at the end of this month.

Wiltshire Council hopes to rid the route of its significant peak time delays and pump £5.9 million into the local economy by creating jobs.

Drivers are being told to expect improved journey times when work is finished in early 2015, slightly later than the original planned finish date of December.

In the meantime disruption is said to be inevitable, but the council hopes the use of traffic lights will keep it to a minimum.

The road will be kept open to two-way traffic throughout the day, by putting a 30mph limit in place during construction to ensure the safety of site staff. There will be a series of overnight closures to allow specific items of work to be carried out safely.

At the moment dual carriageway runs from the M4 junction 17 for about 2.5 miles up to the Jacksom’s Lane junction.

The work will extend it by another 600 metres in both directions, taking it to the Badger roundabout next to Morrisons.

It will also improve the pinch point Malmesbury Road roundabout and add a signal controlled crossing nearby.

John Thomson, cabinet member for highways, said: “This is a very important route, one which has typically been a bottleneck.

"Although there will be some disruption while the work is ongoing, the outcome will help improve journey times and ease the congestion around this area.

“Wiltshire is already very well connected in terms of transport links and this investment will bring economic benefits to the county as Wiltshire becomes an even more appealing place for businesses looking to relocate to.”

It will start with major work by utility companies to divert their services, followed by the main dualling work carried out by the council contractors.

It was announced last May that £1.9m had been secured from the Local Pinch Point Fund (LPPF), a fund designed to support schemes that tackle congestion or address the condition of highway structures that are close to becoming a barrier to access.

Comments (8)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

1:54pm Mon 14 Apr 14

jack1590 says...

there is no way a short piece of dual carriageway is going to
improve the local economy by the figure John Thomson is
saying.
what jobs will it create?
there is no way a short piece of dual carriageway is going to improve the local economy by the figure John Thomson is saying. what jobs will it create? jack1590
  • Score: 13

2:56pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Room101 says...

Going to be interesting with the A36 being closed.
Going to be interesting with the A36 being closed. Room101
  • Score: 7

7:20pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Ruman Stimulant says...

Nearly £3,000,000 to move a problem 600 yards further down the road, brilliant !!!!! Could someone explain how this will pump money into the local economy, utter tosh. John Thompson? or John Thomas.
Nearly £3,000,000 to move a problem 600 yards further down the road, brilliant !!!!! Could someone explain how this will pump money into the local economy, utter tosh. John Thompson? or John Thomas. Ruman Stimulant
  • Score: 10

8:56pm Mon 14 Apr 14

allthedecentnameshavegone says...

Dear Julie Armstrong, Senior reporter - Rather than just recycle the council's press release, is there any chance you could ask John Thompson, or anyone else in the council, to give us a breakdown of his claimed £5.9m benefit to the economy, or do we need a 'Senior Investigator' to do that?
Dear Julie Armstrong, Senior reporter - Rather than just recycle the council's press release, is there any chance you could ask John Thompson, or anyone else in the council, to give us a breakdown of his claimed £5.9m benefit to the economy, or do we need a 'Senior Investigator' to do that? allthedecentnameshavegone
  • Score: 10

9:15am Tue 15 Apr 14

Phorever says...

Room101 wrote:
Going to be interesting with the A36 being closed.
And the A3102 Closed at Skew bridge soon.
If they insist on building this dual carriageway, then they should go all out and take it all the way to Lackham.
[quote][p][bold]Room101[/bold] wrote: Going to be interesting with the A36 being closed.[/p][/quote]And the A3102 Closed at Skew bridge soon. If they insist on building this dual carriageway, then they should go all out and take it all the way to Lackham. Phorever
  • Score: 10

12:09pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Paul Tucker says...

What "allthedecentnamesha
vegone" said. 100% agree.
p.s. you can always use your real name.
What "allthedecentnamesha vegone" said. 100% agree. p.s. you can always use your real name. Paul Tucker
  • Score: 3

6:05pm Thu 17 Apr 14

shed says...

Would anyone buy a used car from the man in the photo?

why do WCC councillors always look as if they've just left a boozy beano of some kind?
Would anyone buy a used car from the man in the photo? why do WCC councillors always look as if they've just left a boozy beano of some kind? shed
  • Score: 0

7:31pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Paul Tucker says...

allthedecentnameshav
egone
wrote:
Dear Julie Armstrong, Senior reporter - Rather than just recycle the council's press release, is there any chance you could ask John Thompson, or anyone else in the council, to give us a breakdown of his claimed £5.9m benefit to the economy, or do we need a 'Senior Investigator' to do that?
..and, dear Julie, ask him about the botched repairs on the road by the station. Go on, do your job!
[quote][p][bold]allthedecentnameshav egone[/bold] wrote: Dear Julie Armstrong, Senior reporter - Rather than just recycle the council's press release, is there any chance you could ask John Thompson, or anyone else in the council, to give us a breakdown of his claimed £5.9m benefit to the economy, or do we need a 'Senior Investigator' to do that?[/p][/quote]..and, dear Julie, ask him about the botched repairs on the road by the station. Go on, do your job! Paul Tucker
  • Score: 1

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree