A420 junction improvement work contract awarded

Dyer & Butler, a part of M Group Services, has been appointed to deliver improvement works at the Gablecross junction of the A420 on behalf of Swindon Borough Council.

The improvement scheme is designed to reduce peak time delays and journey times along the A420 through Gablecross Junction, and provide additional capacity to accommodate future growth in traffic demand generated by Swindon’s New Eastern Villages (NEV) development. The NEV will include over 8,000 new homes as well as new health, retail, education and leisure facilities.

The programme of works will include road widening and realignment, resurfacing and relining, as well as drainage improvements and new street lighting. In order to manage additional NEV traffic and make the junction more navigable for cyclists and pedestrians, a new signal-controlled roundabout is also being constructed as part of the scheme. Work is expected to begin in early 2021.

“The NEV development will have a major impact on travel demand in the area and Gablecross is one of the main focal points for accessing the new development,” commented Simon White, Highways Director at Dyer & Butler. “These improvements will transform the accessibility of the A420 for all road users; drivers will notice a considerable reduction in traffic congestion and pedestrians and cyclists will notice more accommodating, safer access routes.”

(Picture – Dyer & Butler)

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