Main road into Cirencester to be closed for over two months as part of £900,000 road improvement scheme

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Main road into Cirencester to be closed for over two months as part of £900,000 road improvement scheme Main road into Cirencester to be closed for over two months as part of £900,000 road improvement scheme

ONE of the main roads into Cirencester will be closed for up to nine weeks this summer as major roadworks transform the north eastern entrance of the town.

The A429 Burford Road between the A417 and the London Road roundabout will be off limits to those travelling into Cirencester from the north.

Heavy congestion is expected during the closure, which forms part of a larger project to improve the whole road network close to the new Kingshill housing development.

Initial work in the area is expected to start after next week’s Bank Holiday weekend on Tuesday, May 6.

Peter Finlayson, chairman of Swindon-based PFA Consulting Ltd, which is overseeing the project, said a fully-signed diversion will be in place, although no alternate route has yet been decided.

“The diversion is still being discussed but it won’t be needed until the end of July. There will be two months of work going on before we need to close Burford Road,” he said.

Mr Finlayson told the Standard that while the work is carried out, motorists should try and avoid the area if they can.

“The message we are sending out is that it will be a short term pain for a long term gain,” he said.

As part of the six-month-long scheme, the existing Y-shaped junction at London Road will be changed into a traffic light controlled T-junction while a dedicated pedestrian and cyclist crossing will also be installed.

The footpath along Burford Road will also be widened and a new toucan crossing at Grove Lane will allow people to cross the busy road with greater safety.

London Road residents living in the affected area will be able to access their homes through a new service road, that will also be used by delivery lorries.

Andrew Tubb, chief executive of Cirencester Town Council, said he was hopeful that the roadworks would not cause problem for the town’s summer events.

“Developers are usually quite quick to change schemes if there was to be an impact on the town,” he said.

“Hopefully, these works will not cause the town too much disruption.”

It is hoped that the new layout at London Road, which carries around 20,000 vehicles every day, will improve traffic flow during rush hours.

Motorists from further afield should also feel the benefit as the A429 is the primary road linking the M40 near Warwick with the M4 near Chippenham. Visit www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk for more information.

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4:18pm Thu 1 May 14

PFAConsulting says...

I want to reassure readers and users of the A429 the proposed closure of a section of Burford Road to enable the footway to be widened is only in the outbound direction towards the bypass. Traffic heading towards Cirencester from the Hare Bushes roundabout on the bypass will not be affected. The duration of the closure which is likely to happen in late July will be kept to a minimum to enable these works to take place.
I want to reassure readers and users of the A429 the proposed closure of a section of Burford Road to enable the footway to be widened is only in the outbound direction towards the bypass. Traffic heading towards Cirencester from the Hare Bushes roundabout on the bypass will not be affected. The duration of the closure which is likely to happen in late July will be kept to a minimum to enable these works to take place. PFAConsulting
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7:01pm Thu 1 May 14

AllyAb says...

Apparently the signs at each end of the Burford road mention 30 weeks?? I haven't seen them myself but more than one person has told me this? So who is right? The standard or the signs?
Apparently the signs at each end of the Burford road mention 30 weeks?? I haven't seen them myself but more than one person has told me this? So who is right? The standard or the signs? AllyAb
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7:17pm Thu 1 May 14

PFAConsulting says...

The works overall are due to take 30 weeks. Part of the works involve widening the footway and replacing street lighting along Burford Road. Those works will take 9 weeks within the overall 30 week period. Rest assured the contractor will aim to keep disruption to a minimum.
The works overall are due to take 30 weeks. Part of the works involve widening the footway and replacing street lighting along Burford Road. Those works will take 9 weeks within the overall 30 week period. Rest assured the contractor will aim to keep disruption to a minimum. PFAConsulting
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7:39pm Thu 1 May 14

corin22 says...

What idiots decided to put traffic lights at the Y junction, more congestion for no reason, who ever planned this needs to get some primary school kids in on work experience to show them how its properly done
What idiots decided to put traffic lights at the Y junction, more congestion for no reason, who ever planned this needs to get some primary school kids in on work experience to show them how its properly done corin22
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9:23pm Thu 1 May 14

Scissorhands says...

corin22 wrote:
What idiots decided to put traffic lights at the Y junction, more congestion for no reason, who ever planned this needs to get some primary school kids in on work experience to show them how its properly done
Sorry corin22 but no matter what, these changes need to be made. I live on Kingshill Meadow and there needs to be some serious changes at the tesco roundabout. And I'm fairly sure when (I hope) those changes are made there will be people complaining! Did you live here before the bypass was built? Things were very different back then, we had Swindon driving through Cirencester to get to Gloucester! Friday on the beeches roundabout was a no go. This is 2014 and traffic volume had increased, including population. If you don't like it, take another route!
[quote][p][bold]corin22[/bold] wrote: What idiots decided to put traffic lights at the Y junction, more congestion for no reason, who ever planned this needs to get some primary school kids in on work experience to show them how its properly done[/p][/quote]Sorry corin22 but no matter what, these changes need to be made. I live on Kingshill Meadow and there needs to be some serious changes at the tesco roundabout. And I'm fairly sure when (I hope) those changes are made there will be people complaining! Did you live here before the bypass was built? Things were very different back then, we had Swindon driving through Cirencester to get to Gloucester! Friday on the beeches roundabout was a no go. This is 2014 and traffic volume had increased, including population. If you don't like it, take another route! Scissorhands
  • Score: 8

2:15am Fri 2 May 14

David Broad says...

Totally reassured PFA, so there is no problem getting into Cirencester, any bright ideas on how to get back out again?
Totally reassured PFA, so there is no problem getting into Cirencester, any bright ideas on how to get back out again? David Broad
  • Score: 0

9:07am Fri 2 May 14

simonjh says...

I feel they have missed a trick here. As a cyclist who cycles along London Road, I was hoping the scheme would have introduced a cycle lanes and advanced stop lines at the lights. The crossings are great but for me they are just going to make it more difficult to get back into the traffic into town. Once I have crossed Grove Lane how do I get back onto to the road? Do I have to spend several mins waiting at Corinium Gate for a gap in the traffic? This plan seems to favour cars and pedestrians with an after thought for cyclists.
I feel they have missed a trick here. As a cyclist who cycles along London Road, I was hoping the scheme would have introduced a cycle lanes and advanced stop lines at the lights. The crossings are great but for me they are just going to make it more difficult to get back into the traffic into town. Once I have crossed Grove Lane how do I get back onto to the road? Do I have to spend several mins waiting at Corinium Gate for a gap in the traffic? This plan seems to favour cars and pedestrians with an after thought for cyclists. simonjh
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11:07am Fri 2 May 14

PJS123 says...

PFAConsulting wrote:
I want to reassure readers and users of the A429 the proposed closure of a section of Burford Road to enable the footway to be widened is only in the outbound direction towards the bypass. Traffic heading towards Cirencester from the Hare Bushes roundabout on the bypass will not be affected. The duration of the closure which is likely to happen in late July will be kept to a minimum to enable these works to take place.
Where on Burford Road will the outward bound closure start? During the closure, will there still be access to London Road and all its housing from just above the roundabout?
[quote][p][bold]PFAConsulting[/bold] wrote: I want to reassure readers and users of the A429 the proposed closure of a section of Burford Road to enable the footway to be widened is only in the outbound direction towards the bypass. Traffic heading towards Cirencester from the Hare Bushes roundabout on the bypass will not be affected. The duration of the closure which is likely to happen in late July will be kept to a minimum to enable these works to take place.[/p][/quote]Where on Burford Road will the outward bound closure start? During the closure, will there still be access to London Road and all its housing from just above the roundabout? PJS123
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2:14pm Fri 2 May 14

PFAConsulting says...

PJS123 wrote:
PFAConsulting wrote:
I want to reassure readers and users of the A429 the proposed closure of a section of Burford Road to enable the footway to be widened is only in the outbound direction towards the bypass. Traffic heading towards Cirencester from the Hare Bushes roundabout on the bypass will not be affected. The duration of the closure which is likely to happen in late July will be kept to a minimum to enable these works to take place.
Where on Burford Road will the outward bound closure start? During the closure, will there still be access to London Road and all its housing from just above the roundabout?
PJS123 wrote:
Where on Burford Road will the outward bound closure start? During the closure, will there still be access to London Road and all its housing from just above the roundabout?

Discussions are on-going with the highway authority regarding how to best organise the works along Burford Road and details will be made known with advance warning of the dates of any closure and the diversion routes. The closure of Burford Road outbound would be from the junction with London Road (ie north of the Zebra crossing). The intention is to keep access open to London Road and all the housing served off it. Hope this helps your understanding.
[quote][p][bold]PJS123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PFAConsulting[/bold] wrote: I want to reassure readers and users of the A429 the proposed closure of a section of Burford Road to enable the footway to be widened is only in the outbound direction towards the bypass. Traffic heading towards Cirencester from the Hare Bushes roundabout on the bypass will not be affected. The duration of the closure which is likely to happen in late July will be kept to a minimum to enable these works to take place.[/p][/quote]Where on Burford Road will the outward bound closure start? During the closure, will there still be access to London Road and all its housing from just above the roundabout?[/p][/quote]PJS123 wrote: Where on Burford Road will the outward bound closure start? During the closure, will there still be access to London Road and all its housing from just above the roundabout? Discussions are on-going with the highway authority regarding how to best organise the works along Burford Road and details will be made known with advance warning of the dates of any closure and the diversion routes. The closure of Burford Road outbound would be from the junction with London Road (ie north of the Zebra crossing). The intention is to keep access open to London Road and all the housing served off it. Hope this helps your understanding. PFAConsulting
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7:47pm Sun 4 May 14

corin22 says...

Yes have lived here way before that, so when the traffic queues back from the town roundabout as it regularly does and then through the new traffic lights up burford road or London road what happens then?
When all these new estates where built traffic solutions should have been put in THEN not years later when it is to difficult to alter anything.
Yes have lived here way before that, so when the traffic queues back from the town roundabout as it regularly does and then through the new traffic lights up burford road or London road what happens then? When all these new estates where built traffic solutions should have been put in THEN not years later when it is to difficult to alter anything. corin22
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10:19am Tue 6 May 14

Geoff66 says...

These road works are going to create an utter nightmare...not only for people trying to come into Cirencester, but especially for those who live around this area and who rely on these access roads on a daily basis.

Anyone who know this road junction and the sheer amount of traffic which utilises this, will know that this is utter madness.

In addition there is also the question of why anyone would want to install traffic lights on this junction, when it is already plagued with long queues..... as it is unlikely that these lights will help matters, and surely all they will do is create yet more queues and misery for drivers.

With the ever increasing commitments that CDC is placing on Cirencester to provide and meet more and more housing needs, surely it is time that someone looked very carefully at out road network to see how these can meet ever growing demands and needs.

Chesterton and the planned development of 2,500 new homes is going to create utter chaos unless someone does something major planning on new and improved roads structures and layouts, when we start to consider that there will be around 5,000 additional car journeys being made at least twice a day, on roads which already can't cope.
These road works are going to create an utter nightmare...not only for people trying to come into Cirencester, but especially for those who live around this area and who rely on these access roads on a daily basis. Anyone who know this road junction and the sheer amount of traffic which utilises this, will know that this is utter madness. In addition there is also the question of why anyone would want to install traffic lights on this junction, when it is already plagued with long queues..... as it is unlikely that these lights will help matters, and surely all they will do is create yet more queues and misery for drivers. With the ever increasing commitments that CDC is placing on Cirencester to provide and meet more and more housing needs, surely it is time that someone looked very carefully at out road network to see how these can meet ever growing demands and needs. Chesterton and the planned development of 2,500 new homes is going to create utter chaos unless someone does something major planning on new and improved roads structures and layouts, when we start to consider that there will be around 5,000 additional car journeys being made at least twice a day, on roads which already can't cope. Geoff66
  • Score: 1

11:30pm Tue 6 May 14

Geoff66 says...

Will PFA Consulting / Gloucestershire Highways be suggesting alternative access routes into Cirencester during the proposed 30 weeks of road works i.e. access from Swindon via the Siddington / Stroud junction, and the Stratton junction for Cheltenham/ Gloucester traffic.

It would seem silly not to do so, and to continue to direct heavy traffic into Cirencester, via a route which is soon to be blighted with road works and surely heavy traffic and long, long queues??
Will PFA Consulting / Gloucestershire Highways be suggesting alternative access routes into Cirencester during the proposed 30 weeks of road works i.e. access from Swindon via the Siddington / Stroud junction, and the Stratton junction for Cheltenham/ Gloucester traffic. It would seem silly not to do so, and to continue to direct heavy traffic into Cirencester, via a route which is soon to be blighted with road works and surely heavy traffic and long, long queues?? Geoff66
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