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

Stagecoach ran route 73 through East Wichel on its way between Swindon and Wroughton from April 2011 to September 2012.

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)

Old Town set for Wichelstowe bus priority scheme

diagram of road scheme

Swindon Borough Council is seeking opinions on how it might ease bus journeys from Wichelstowe as they pass through Old Town. Options being considered include traffic lights at major Old Town junctions, a ‘shared space’ in the High Street, or making some roads one way or bus-only routes. The masterplan for the Wichelstowe development envisaged… (read more)

End in sight for Barratt’s road surfacing

Raised ironworks surrounded by barriers in Holne Road

It’s over six months since Barratt Homes announced that road surfacing would take up to two months and be complete by mid-March. Now, after several delays including a change of contractor and a dispute with Swindon Borough Council, the end is finally in sight for their work. A letter to residents of Holne Road, Rylane,… (read more)