Category: travel

New Swindon Half Marathon photo special

In what was probably better weather for runners than it was for spectators, 2076 runners completed the New Swindon Half Marathon yesterday. These are some of the scenes as runners made there way along Blackhorse Way at East Wichel, which was just after 10 miles into the race. Complete results are available on the New

New Swindon Half Marathon to pass through Wichelstowe

The new Swindon Half Marathon will be passing through Wichelstowe on Sunday 3rd September. The route through Wichelstowe will take runners along Redposts Drive, Peglars Way, Foxham Way and Blackhorse Way. East Wichel Community Association will be running an ‘atmosphere station’ on Blackhorse Way near the Bayberry pub between 11.45 am and 2.30 pm and six local

Wichelstowe bus corridor proposals scaled back

In their latest highways newsletter, Swindon Borough Council has admitted that its proposals for a bus corridor through Old Town were not popular. Limited support was generated for the proposals involving the core Old Town area, which included exploring the use of Wood Street for bus services and changes to the junction arrangements for Wood

Pipers Way bus lane in £3M bus corridor proposals

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

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

Thamesdown set to reduce Wichelstowe bus service

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

New road scheme options for Wichelstowe buses

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

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

Old Town set for Wichelstowe bus priority 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

End in sight for Barratt’s road surfacing

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,

More roads to be made up

Bloor Homes are surfacing Stonehenge Road between the junctions with Trevello Road / Aviemore Road and Staldon Road / Ravensdale. Their works will take four weeks and are already into their second week. Persimmon are surfacing Trecastle Road and Dunsley Vale, and expect their works to take just three days this week. Let’s hope they’ve

Road surfacing curbed by kerb height argument

Barratt Homes have written to residents in East Wichel, explaining the latest delay to surfacing work on Holne Road and Brentfore Street. The final surfacing and completion of our current works on site has been delayed due to a detailing issue raised by Swindon Borough Council which is applicable to all developers on the Wichelstowe

Improvements to Junction 16 approved

Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership has approved improvement works to Junction 16 of the M4 motorway. The improvements, which had been previously announced, are being funded in part by the joint venture between Barratt Developments and Swindon Borough Council that will develop the rest of Wichelstowe. The works are a condition for the planning

Barratt set dates for road surfacing

Barratt Homes have set dates for surfacing the four roads in the part of East Wichel they developed. Rylane and Holne Road will be surfaced on 12 February, whilst Timoney Place and part of Brentfore Street will be surfaced on 18 March. Repairs to the roads, paths and kerbs will start up to a month

Municipal services for Christmas and New Year

Waste and Recycling The next waste and recycling collections in East Wichel will be on Thursday 31th December, as usual, though collections may be a little later than usual. Real (not artificial) Christmas trees will be collected if left out on the normal waste collection day after festivities are over (Thursday 14th January). All decorations

Council plans upgraded cycle route to town

A ‘Southern Flyer’ cycle route has been proposed by Swindon Borough Council, linking Wichelstowe to Swindon town centre. The approach is based on the council’s ‘Western Flyer’ route, finished in 2014, between West Swindon and the town centre. Like that, the Southern Flyer is mainly an upgrade of existing footpaths. Starting near Waitrose, rather than

Traffic restrictions for East Wichel Way

Wednesday’s East Wichel Community Association meeting was once again dominated by discussion of Swindon Borough Council’s proposed parking restrictions for East Wichel. Most of this discussion covered items discussed before. A decision on whether the proposed parking restrictions are introduced is now expected by the end of October. The further delay is a result of

East Wichel ‘bus gates’ order confirmed

The order restricting traffic at each end of East Wichel Way has now been confirmed by Swindon Borough Council. This allows police to enforce the order. Only buses and bicycles are now allowed to travel along the ends of East Wichel Way between Croft Road and Cornwood Road and between Foxham Way and Arnhill Road/Barbrook

Easter bus services

Thamesdown Transport will be running a revised service on route 15 to Wichelstowe and their other services over the Easter holidays. Maundy Thursday 2 April normal weekday service; Good Friday 3 April Saturday service between 8 am and 6 pm, no service outside these times; Saturday 4 April normal Saturday service; Easter Sunday 5 April

Mill Lane closed for new bridge signs

Mill Lane will be closed today only, 24 March, to allow new signs to be installed on the bridge that carries the old railway line footpath. There will be new signs on the approaches to the bridge and also at the junction of Mill Lane with Foxham Way near Waitrose. Also starting today on Mill