MARLBOROUGH ROAD CLOSURE

MARLBOROUGH ROAD CLOSURE

Cllr Cathy Martyn Update:
MARLBOROUGH ROAD, WROUGHTON – CLOSED FOR 12 WEEKS FROM 10TH JANUARY
We’ve just been advised by Conlon that Marlborough Road will be closed from The Three Tuns roundabout to the junction of Wanshot Close for 12 weeks from 10th January. The works will include all service connections into site, including the Bellway Homes’ s278 works along Marlborough Road and The Pitchens. Swindon Borough Council has also arranged that another organisation which wants to put services into the road also carries out those works at the same time to reduce the number of closures required on this road. Once completed a further road closure will be required at Moormead Road for 8 weeks –We don’t have details for that as yet.
Conlon has advised:
• There will be the following Vehicle Access Restrictions:
Access from The Pitchens/ Bakers Road to Marlborough Road (and vice versa) will not be permitted.
Access from Greens Lane to Marlborough Road (and vice versa) will not be permitted.
Access from Overtown Hill to Marlborough Road (and vice versa) will not be permitted
Access to Wanshot Close will only be permitted from the south (via Brimble Hill)
• Pedestrian access will be permitted at all times.
• There will be no parking available on Marlborough Road at any time – this is due to the fact that Conlon needs to maintain emergency access for emergency services as one half of the road will be closed at all times. Properties on Marlborough will have access maintained to their drives only – no on road parking.
• The laybys inside the Bellway Homes Site Entrance are out of bounds until 19th February 2022.
• Advanced Warning Signs will be placed on Marlborough Road, Devizes Road & Moormead Road next week.
• Advance warning signs will state that there’s no vehicle access from Overtown Hill, Greens Lane, Bakers Road or The PItchens into Marlborough Rd, including signs at the ‘open’ ends of all these roads.
• Additional Signs will be placed from A346 at the Esso Garage. The Junction of Hodson Road / Brimble Hill will be used as a turning point for HGV’s if they have missed this. The intention is that Instalcom will be undertaking works from Wanshot up Brimble Hill under a 2 way signals – their operatives will be able to flag any unwanted vehicles before it causes any problems. We have concerns about this which we continue to raise with Conlon & SBC.
• All signs should be weighted with sandbags to stop them being blown over.
• It will not be possible to continue with the construction route via The Three Tuns roundabout whilst works take place between the site entrance and the Three Tuns Roundabout. During this time, construction vehicles will approach from the south (via Chiseldon).
• The diversion route is being finalised today – it’s proposed to follow (Clockwise) – Moormead Road, Swindon Road, Pipers Way, Marlborough Road, A419, A346, New Road, Hodson Road, Brimble Hill and vice-versa.
• Re: online shopping deliveries etc: Vehicular access will be permitted from off road parking only. Conlon will accommodate food deliveries where possible, anything larger will need to be requested in writing 1 week prior to its delivery date to assess a safe route – this will be communicated in their letter drop. We are aware that a number of residents have deliveries from 10 Green Bottles and eggs from Niall Jones, so Councillor David Martyn will contact Ed & Niall to let them know later this evening.
• Conlon will proactively contact The Ridgeway Hospital, Prospect Hospice, Ladymead Nursing Home and Banks Place to advise of the closure & the diversion route and will ask that Ridgeway Hospital inform all patients with appointments during the time the road is closed.
• All of the above will be monitored on a weekly basis.
• Conlon will do a letter drop to residents tomorrow which should give you contact details & a map showing the extent of the closure. The letter will be dropped into all homes on affected roads – ie: Marlborough Rd, Brimble Hill, Greens Lane, Bakers Road, The Pitchens, Overtown, and Wanshot Close, the lower part of Priors Hill, Manor Close, and the start of Moormead Road.
• National Highways (previously Highways England) have been made aware of the road closure and diversion.
• The bus companies will be informed and they will need to assess the impact of the works and place the necessary measures to continue their services as best as they can- Cllrs Brian Ford, David Martyn & I will try to liaise. We are very aware that we do not want communities in Alexandra Park, Thorney Park & Langton Park to be without a bus service for 3 months.
• The double yellow lines restrictions are planned to be implemented on Marlborough Road (opposite the new access road into the site) at the end of the 12 week closure as 2 way signals will then be placed on Devizes Road / Marlborough Road for 8 weeks when Conlon close Moormead Road.
We understand that this will impact a lot of residents in different ways. We have asked that signs are put up to discourage people from using Priors Hill because it’s unsuitable for use as an unofficial diversion route for various reasons, including it’s very narrow, very steep, has no pavement for much of its length etc. Conlon has advised that this is outside their remit so we are taking this up with Swindon Borough Council.
We don’t have any other information. We only received details about the road closure late Friday afternoon. We went back with a number of questions and we’ve only had the information above confirmed this afternoon. If we get anything more, we will let you know as & when it’s received.
If you have any queries, please email us direct. Thankyou.
Cathy, David & Brian
Councillor David Martyn: dmartyn@swindon.gov.uk
Councillor Cathy Martyn: cmartyn2@swindon.gov.uk
Councillor Brian Ford: bford@swindon.gv.uk