Category: travel

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

Christmas and New Year bus services

Over the Christmas and New Year period Thamesdown Transport will be running the following bus services on route 15 to East Wichel: Wednesday 24th December – normal weekday service but with the last bus from Fleming Way to Wichelstowe at 8.05 pm and the last bus from Waitrose to Fleming Way at 7.56 pm; Thursday 25th December

Government announce £23M for Wichelstowe roads

As part of a £130 million ‘growth deal’ for Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership, the government have announced £23 million of funding for Wichelstowe road links, including a tunnel linking Wichelstowe with Junction 16 of the M4 motorway. The funds are only indicative at the moment and is subject to additional funding from other sources being

Improved bus service to East Wichel and Waitrose from 6 April

Thamesdown Transport have announced that, from 6 April, service 15 will be extended to the new Waitrose store on Foxham Way in Middle Wichel. The service will continue to run every 20 minutes Monday to Friday daytimes, and every ½ hour on Saturdays. In addition there will now be a ½ hourly service on Sundays

Churn junction progress

Work on the junction of Mill Lane and Foxham Way near the new Wichelstowe Waitrose appears to have made good progress in the last few weeks, on track for Foxham Way to reopen at midday on Monday 10 February. In addition to the work at the junction itself, a central reserve and has been added

Shop developments and continuing road closures

During last week the area facing East Wichel Way where Taylor Wimpey have planning permission to build a parade of shops has been cleared and levelled. It looks a promising sign, but as these shops have been so long coming — planning permission was originally granted on 6 May 2011 — we’ll wait until building

Foxham Way to close for almost two months

Foxham Way will be closed from Monday 2 December until 20 December, and again from 2 January until late January. The closure is to allow the junction with Mill Lane to be replaced with a roundabout. The works are in preparation for the opening of the supermarket being built there. There have been temporary traffic

Bus service changes from 2 September

Thamesdown Transport have announced changes to the bus service to East Wichel. This is part of a significant rearrangement of bus services in North Swindon, but benefits East Wichel with an increase in frequency on weekdays. From 2 September, buses will run to and from East Wichel every 20 minutes during the daytime on Mondays

Mill Lane closure – date confirmed

Swindon Borough Council have now confirmed that Mill Lane will close on Monday 22 July between its junctions with Foxham Way and Wharf Road. Some preparatory work will be done on the road the week before. The closure is starting a month later than previously advertised, but the lane is still expected to re-open in

Mill Lane to close

Swindon Borough Council has announced that Mill Lane is to be closed for eight months between its junctions with Foxham Way and Wharf Road. This is to allow preparatory drainage work for the Wichelstowe District Centre. The closure will be from mid-June to January. Long-term plans are that Mill Lane between Beavan’s Bridge and Mill

More bus service reductions for East Wichel

Thamesdown Transport have revealed that Service 11 to East Wichel will be halved in frequency from 6 January 2013. Compared with the level of service before the withdrawal of Stagecoach service 73 in September this year, the bus service between East Wichel and Swindon town centre will have dropped from 5 buses an hour down

Withdrawal of Stagecoach service 73

Stagecoach have announced that their bus service 73 is to be withdrawn. The service will run for the last time on Saturday 1 September. The service was introduced with the intention of providing a bus link between East Wichel and Wroughton. In practice it has been mainly used by East Wichel passengers as a more

Temporary road closures

From Swindon Borough Council’s list of road closures: Temporary road closures of Langdean Road and Blackhorse Way with temporary traffic signals at Croft Road/Pipers Way junction for works by Serco, from Monday 28 May to Sunday 17 June. Stagecoach Buses have stated that their service 73 will be diverted. Owing to the partial closure of

Bus service changes from 30 April

Stagecoach are making changes to bus service 73 from 30 April. The service will now be part of the service 72 schedule, rather than a standalone service. In addition the bus will be extended and diverted in the town centre. Buses from East Wichel will call at Fleming Way stop C, the rail station, and

Easter bus services

Bus services to East Wichel are modified over the Easter holiday period as follows: Good Friday 6 April Thamesdown 11 — No service to East Wichel: runs between Haydon Wick and Old Town (Evelyn Street) only. Stagecoach 73 — Saturday service Saturday 7 April — normal Saturday service Easter Sunday 8 April — normal Sunday

Usage monitoring on bus service 73

Today the driver on Stagecoach service 73 was keeping a tally of passengers and where they were travelling to and from. It seems the review of this ‘experimental’ service is under way.

Footbridge closure

Swindon Borough Council have made an order for ‘temporary’ closure of the footbridge on the path between the track past Westlecott Farm Cottages and the school end of Stonehenge Road. The footbridge was originally part of the footpath from the top of Mill Lane in Old Town, across Blackhorse Bridge, to Wroughton. When Blackhorse Bridge