Work to get underway on key Melksham roundabout
These much-needed improvements will result in better traffic flow and a more accessible town and this in turn will have a positive impact on the local economy.Bridget Wayman, cabinet member for highways
Work will soon be underway to improve traffic flow and reduce queues at a key roundabout along the A350 in Melksham.
The improvement works will start on February 4 to introduce traffic signals at Farmers Roundabout on the, A350 which is a key route linking the M4 with the South of England. The new traffic signals have been designed to improve traffic flow and reduce queues and delays. The work should be completed by October 2019.
Wiltshire Council is working closely with its contractor Dyer & Butler to plan the sequence of construction work to minimise disruption although there will be some delays while the work is carried out as traffic management and lane closures will be required. However, there will be no reduction in the number of lanes operating during peak hours.
A temporary 30mph speed limit will also be in place while works are going on to help manage traffic.
Signs have been put up in the area including as far afield as the M4 junction 17 and the A350 Yarnbrook to give plenty of notice to long distance motorists, and the opportunity for them to change their route choice should they wish to.
The outline programme of work will be:
•Farmers Roundabout early February to late spring 2019
• Western Way (off-peak lane closures, completing with a week of night closures) late Spring to Summer 2019
• North of Farmers Roundabout to A365 Junction Summer to early Autumn 2019
• Completion of Works October 2019
As part of the works, improvements to the appearance of the area will take place including clearing vegetation, removing weeds and obstructive foliage, sign maintenance and general cleaning. There will also be revised signing and lining, drainage improvements and extensive resurfacing works.
Dyer & Butler are hosting a "Meet the Contractor" event on 11 February at Melksham Town Hall from 4pm until 7:30pm. People are welcome to pop in at any point during that time to talk through the project, get further information on how the works will be delivered, and discuss any concerns or queries with them.
Wiltshire Council cabinet member for highways, Bridget Wayman said: "We are committed to improving Wiltshire's roads. This roundabout and route in Melksham suffers from traffic congestion particularly during the peak periods and forms part of the key A350 route linking the M4 with the South of England.
"These much-needed improvements will result in better traffic flow and a more accessible town and this in turn will have a positive impact on the local economy.
"We apologise for the disruption caused and are doing all we can to mitigate the impact, but I hope people can bear with us during this period the end result will be worth the wait."
The total scheme is anticipated to cost around £3m and is largely being provided through the Department for Transport's National Productivity Investment Funding (NPIF), following a successful Wiltshire Council bid.
Wiltshire Council has a dedicated page on the works and this will be regularly updated throughout.