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SWLEP-backed road improvements to start this summer

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The A350 at ChippenhamThe A350 at ChippenhamWorks to improve traffic flow and journey times on the A350 at Chippenham and at Junction 17 on the M4 are due to commence this summer.

Following the completion of improvement works at Bumpers Farm and Brook roundabouts in February 2016, the next scheme proposal on the A350 Chippenham Bypass is to dual the section of road between Badger (Morrisons) and Brook roundabouts, and improve the junction at the A4/A350 Chequers (McDonalds) roundabout (including dualling the section of road between Cepen Park South and Chequers roundabouts).

The £7.1m scheme, one among a number of major schemes benefiting from the Government's Growth Fund, is led by Wiltshire Council and supported by the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP).

Works on the scheme are scheduled to commence from mid-July and are planned to be completed by August 2018.

In addition, improvement works (to include part-signalisation of the junction roundabout) will be carried out at Junction 17 on the M4 to address safety and congestion issues.

This £1.4m scheme, funded by the Government’s Local Growth Fund and Highways England, is also led by Wiltshire Council and supported by the SWLEP.

The main works contract for this scheme is currently expected to commence in August 2017 with completion in December 2017.

Although there will be some disruption while the work is ongoing, the outcome will help improve journey times and ease congestion.

Appropriate and safe traffic management measures will be set up to reduce the impact of construction as much as possible.

Bridget Wayman, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for highways said: “By making targeted improvements to the A350 Chippenham Bypass and at Junction 17 on the M4, average journey times are expected to reduce, while journey time reliability is expected to improve significantly.

“These improvements can help create opportunities to attract new investment into the area and support the growth of existing businesses.”

Paddy Bradley, director of Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The SWLEP’s priorities include improving transport to facilitate growth in the local economy.

“Upgrades to the A350 Chippenham Bypass and Junction 17 are projects benefitting from our Local Growth Fund as they will support business growth by reducing journey times and traffic congestion.

“Transport improvements such as these make the area more attractive to business and people who wish to live and work in Wiltshire.”

Andrew Page-Dove, Highways England South West Director, said: “Highways England and Wiltshire Council have been working in partnership to deliver an improvement scheme at M4 junction 17 to safely accommodate future planned growth in Chippenham.

“Thanks to Highways England’s Growth and Housing Fund, Wiltshire Council plans to deliver a signalisation scheme at the junction exit slip roads later this year.

“The scheme is designed to better manage the flows at the junction, allowing more time for vehicles to exit the slip roads and therefore reduce congestion and queuing on the M4, and pave the way for the planned growth to commence.”

Further details of the schemes can be found at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/highways-improvements