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12 July 2018

Green light for Devizes traffic project

Wiltshire Council is tackling congestion on the busiest road into Devizes by installing traffic lights at a major junction.

The new scheme will ease traffic flow at the roundabout on the junction of London Road and Windsor Drive which gets very busy at peak times.

Some delays are likely during the seven-week project but Wiltshire Council's contractor, North Midland Contracting, will endeavour to get the job completed during the school holidays while traffic is at its lightest with no school runs and people are away on holidays.

They will work six days a week, 8.00am 5.00pm initially but to keep disruption to a minimum some work may need to be carried out during the evenings as well. 

Where necessary temporary three-way traffic lights will make sure that vehicles can get through the roadworks. Any road closures will be minimal and restricted to night-times.

Philip Whitehead chair of the Community Area Transport Group, said: "When they are finished these works will ease congestion into Devizes and reduce countless hours of frustration and delay.

"It will also make a substantial contribution to the town's economy, making transport much more convenient for businesses, and for commuters, shoppers and visitors, to get into Devizes.

"Clearly we regret any extra short-term delays, but I'm sure motorists will understand that any short-term inconvenience is well worth the long-term benefits."

Laura Mayes local councillor for Roundway said: "Devizes is a thriving town and by installing this smarter design at this busy point we will improve traffic flows and reduce congestion. I'm looking forward to being one of many who will benefit from these improvements."

Works are scheduled to start on 23 July.

The project was identified as part of the wider Transport Strategy for Devizes which was developed through a process of consultation and analysis to support growth in the Wiltshire Core Strategy. 

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Last updated: 12 July 2018 | Last reviewed: 12 July 2018

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