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31 August 2018

Devizes roadworks to go on longer than anticipated

Our contractor is working as quickly as possible to get the work finished following these unforeseen circumstances

Bridget Wayman, Wiltshire Council’s cabinet member for highways

Wiltshire Council apologises that the roadworks at Windsor Drive and London Road, Devizes, will last longer than scheduled.

It was hoped that the works would be mostly complete by the start of the school term but they are now scheduled to end by October.

The delay is due to two unforeseen issues;

  • soft ground in the area of the highway, meaning the contractor has to dig deeper to lay a stable base
  • an unmapped gas pipe which must be moved

Bridget Wayman, Wiltshire Council's cabinet member for highways, said: "I share the frustration of everyone who has to put up with this delay and we apologise for that.  

"Our contractor is working as quickly as possible to get the work finished following these unforeseen circumstances.

"I know it is of little comfort when people are sitting in slow or stopped traffic, but when the works are done they will ease traffic flow into and out of town.

"That will provide a big benefit to commuters, businesses and shoppers, and boost the town's economy."

Temporary traffic signals will remain in place until the end of September, from 7am-7pm Monday to Friday and 7am-1pm Saturday.  These times may be extended or reduced depending on the work taking place each day. The temporary signals will be manually controlled with priority given to London Road traffic where possible. The contractor will remove the traffic signals whenever practicable and circumstances allow, however the safety of operatives and all road users remain the priority.

Windsor Drive will also be closed from 7pm 6am for a week in early October to complete the resurfacing with diversions clearly signposted.

Updates will be available online.

Last updated: 31 August 2018 | Last reviewed: 31 August 2018

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