Royal Wootton Bassett to Swindon cycleway
We are working in partnership with National Highways, Swindon Borough Council and Sustrans to advance plans to install a new cycleway between Royal Wootton Bassett and Swindon. The cycleway would provide a segregated route for cyclists travelling over the M4.
The preferred route is now being developed through detailed design stage which is being funded by National Highways. We are planning to complete the detailed design works in summer 2023. Alongside the design works we are talking with the 3rd party landowners about the route and looking to secure a long term agreement for the cycleway. Following the detailed design and land agreements we will need to submit a planning application to secure the use of the new route, and this would be subject to the full statutory planning process.
The delivery of a cycleway between Royal Wootton Bassett and Swindon has been a longstanding aspiration for Wiltshire Council and its partners. Currently cyclists travelling between Wootton Bassett and Swindon generally have to either use the A3102 (crossing the M4 at junction 16) or travel via Hook Street along minor roads. Neither route currently provides viable or desirable route for cyclists which is why the segregated route is being promoted.
The key aims of the proposed cycle and walking route are as follows:-
- To help mitigate a forecast Increase traffic around J16 and Wootton Bassett as a result of new development.
- To increase transport choices between Wootton Bassett and Swindon.
- To help reduce emissions from existing and forecast levels of traffic.
- To assist in reducing journey time reliability between Wootton Bassett and Swindon by reducing reliance on private motor vehicles.
Due to factors outside of Wiltshire Council's control this programme is subject to change. We will regularly update the programme to reflect the current timescales below.
|Detailed design||Autumn 2022||Summer 2023|
|Surveys||Winter 2022||Spring 2023|
|Land agreements||Summer 2022||Winter 2023|
|Planning permission||Summer 2023||Winter 2023|
|Construction||2024||To be confirmed|
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
There has been demand for a walking and cycling route between Royal Wootton Bassett (RWB) and Swindon for many years, with an objective of providing a safe route and remove the need for cyclists to negotiate the M4 Junction 16 gyratory.
The Royal Wootton Bassett to Swindon cycleway has been a longstanding priority for Wiltshire Council and a large amount of work has been already been undertaken towards the delivery of this project. That being said the current route is reliant on third party land agreements being in place to secure the most effective route between Royal Wootton Bassett and Swindon. To date the land agreements have not been completed and remain a key risk to the delivery of this project. The project will also need to secure planning permission and finalise the funding sources for construction once the land agreements have been finalised.
The cycleway is being developed as a shared use path and as such will be suitable for all active travel users including cyclists, pedestrians and wheelchair users. The path is expected to also form a popular active travel commuting route for those travelling between Royal Wootton Bassett and Swindon.
The cycleway is expected to cost approximately £5 million to deliver.
The scheme is being primarily funded by National Highways as part of their designated funds. Wiltshire Council will also be expected to put funding towards the construction phase of the scheme.
The new cycleway will need to cross the A3102 at least once on its current route. Any new crossings will be designed taking into account the nature of the road, user desire lines and and also in line with relevant design standards.
The cycleway along the existing highway section will be lit by the existing street lighting that is in place. At this stage there are no plans to introduce new street lighting across the new sections of the cycleway away from the highway. As part of the design options are being explored around low level solar powered lighting.