Pipers Way bus lane in £3M bus corridor proposals

Diagram of bus priority scheme on Bath Road

The latest round of Swindon Borough Council’s consultation on a £3 million bus priority scheme for services between Wichelstowe and Swindon Town Centre seems to ignore recent developments in bus services to Wichelstowe. The proposals ignore the Stagecoach bus service from Wichelstowe that runs along Croft Road. Instead they concentrate on changes to the route used… (read more)

Stagecoach announce extra Sunday bus services

In a move clearly intended to increase competition with newly privatised Thamesdown Transport, Stagecoach West has announced extra bus services in Swindon from 1st April. Stagecoach’s new services include an hourly service on service 9 on Sundays from Swindon town centre to Wroughton via Wichelstowe. Thamesdown Transport already run buses every half hour on Sundays on their… (read more)

Dates set for shadow parish council meetings

Borough councillors appointed to the shadow parish council for the unwanted Central Swindon South parish have set dates for meetings up to May. These are meetings that will decide what parish council tax will be charged next year, on top of the Borough Council Tax. For many of the services that the Swindon Borough Council… (read more)

Swindon Borough Council responds to parking petition

Parking restriction sign

In response to a petition asking for “an early review” of the parking restrictions in East Wichel, including “an impact assessment for allowing unrestricted parking on East Wichel Way” the council has committed to do no more than it is already doing to review the parking situation in East Wichel. The full text of the… (read more)

Council seeks approval for Wichelstowe District Centre design code

Design code illustration for canalside

The Design Code for the Wichelstowe District Centre is now open for formal consultation. It has been submitted by the Wichelstowe team at Swindon Borough Council for approval by the council’s planning committee. Despite the intention to be less prescriptive about building appearance than in East Wichel, the District Centre design code runs to 132 pages… (read more)

Thamesdown set to reduce Wichelstowe bus service

Bus on East Wichel Way

In wide ranging service changes from 8th January, Thamesdown Transport have announced a reduction of their daytime service between Wichelstowe and Swindon Town Centre. In what may seem like a step back to 2013, Thamesdown Service 15 — which runs every 20 minutes on weekdays during the daytime — will be replaced by Service 11 running once every… (read more)

New road scheme options for Wichelstowe buses

Map of Newport Street changes

Following their first consultation on bus priority scheme in Old Town for bus services to Wichelstowe, Swindon Borough Council is now consulting on new options for a bus priority scheme through Old Town. They’re also seeking opinions for changes at Mannington Roundabout to ease congestion there once bus services are running from Wichelstowe along Redposts… (read more)

Wichelstowe district centre design code

outline aerial view of Middle Wichel

Last Wednesday Swindon Borough Council’s Wichelstowe team displayed their proposed design code for Wichelstowe’s district centre. The code covers much of Middle Wichel and specifies how roads, buildings and public areas should look, as well as what the buildings may be used for. The code includes schools on Peglars Way, a pub/bar/restaurant with hotel across… (read more)

Changed days for waste and recycling collections

Wheelie bins and orange recycling boxes

From the end of October Swindon Borough Council is changing the days of waste and recycling collections. Starting from 31st October waste and recycling collections (wheelie bins and orange or black boxes) will be be split across two days. Properties to the north of East Wichel Way (the side closest to the school) will have collections… (read more)

Stagecoach to divert Wroughton bus service through Wichelstowe

Bus company Stagecoach have announced that, from 6th November, they will be diverting their bus service 9 through Wichelstowe. The bus service presently runs direct between Old Town and Wroughton along Croft Road via North Wroughton. From early November it will instead run through East Wichel to Waitrose, then along Mill Lane and Wharf Road… (read more)

East Wichel Restricted Parking Zone latest map

Close-up of parking zone map

We have obtained, through a Freedom of Information request to Swindon Borough Council, an up-to-date map of the East Wichel restricted parking zone [pdf] now being implemented. Previously, only draft versions of the map were available. The map shows the mews areas excluded from the restricted parking zone. But parking bays in the mews that are… (read more)

Parking restriction introduction detailed in letter to residents

Letter from Swindon Borough Council about parking restrictions

Swindon Borough Council has hand delivered a letter to residents in Wichelstowe, detailing the introduction of the Restricted Parking Zone in East Wichel. Until Sunday 16 October they will be publicising the scheme. After that they will initially issue warning notices to those not complying with the regulations, but will start issuing penalties on ‘main… (read more)

East Wichel parking restrictions to be phased in from start of October

Parking zone sign

Parking restrictions in East Wichel will be phased in from the beginning of October, according to councillor Nadine Watts. The restrictions will see on-street parking limited to marked parking bays. Swindon Borough Council will be mailing residents, detailing the restrictions, and erecting the remaining warning signs. This will be followed by enforcement on main roads… (read more)