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White Hart Junction to close for full depth reconstruction of roundabout from 16/8 for 12 weeks:


During the closure of White Hart the council have taken the opportunity to do some work on the bridge over the river on Merlin Way.


This means that the route to Sainburys/A420 is to go to Commonhead via Pack Hill, head North on the A419 to Honda junction - leave the A419 and and then rejoin the A419 Southbound and onto the A420 from the White Hart exit.


You would then come back via the A419 from White Hart to Commonhead.


Bishopstone residents may still wish to travel via Bourton to the A420.




Dear Stakeholder/Resident,

New Eastern Villages – White Hart Junction Improvement

Our programme of carriageway works continues and we are grateful for your ongoing support of this project.

We are writing to advise you that we will begin full depth reconstruction of the White Hart Roundabout from Monday 16 August for approximately 12 weeks.


Unfortunately most of the roundabout will be closed while this work takes place for the safety of drivers, workers and efficiency of construction.

Traffic will be able to use the junction to leave the A419 southbound to join the A420 eastbound, or to leave the A420 westbound to join the A419 southbound only.


Emergency access for blue light emergencies will also be maintained; however, all other journeys will be managed via signed diversion routes.

The following routes are affected and signed diversion routes will be in place and full details will be available on the Council’s website:

• A419 northbound to Oxford Road (westbound)
• A419 southbound to Oxford Road (westbound)
• A419 to Merlin Way
• A420 westbound to A419 northbound
• Oxford Road eastbound to A419 (north or southbound) or A420 (eastbound)
• Merlin Way to A419 north or southbound, Oxford Road westbound and A420 eastbound

While Merlin Way is closed to traffic, Swindon Borough Council will undertake re-waterproofing of the bridge-deck and localised resurfacing works.


By coordinating these works at the same time, we aim to avoid further disruption later this year.

To avoid delays during these works, we advise that you find alternative routes where possible and allow additional time for any local journeys that would normally use the White Hart Roundabout.

We apologise in advance for any disturbance or inconvenience caused by these works.

Thank you for your support with this project.


We welcome all feedback, comments and queries should you wish to contact us please email or

There is a monthly e-newsletter dedicated to the New Eastern Villages development, which includes planning, and highways updates; please subscribe at:

The emergency number for White Hart Junction improvement regarding construction and traffic management is 07899 751807

Yours faithfully,

Alex Skinner
Stakeholder Liaison Manager


Major reconstruction work will start at White Hart roundabout next month to increase the life expectancy of the road.


Around £2.6m in contingency funding will be spent on the junction upgrade after our contractor for the White Hart junction scheme, Osborne, found significant defects in the road base underneath the roundabout earlier this year.


The additional work, which is expected to last an estimated 12 weeks, will involve digging down almost a metre beneath the surface to build a new structure for the road base.


The nature of the work means it will not be safe to keep the roundabout open to through traffic. Access will be maintained for emergency services only and diversions will be in place for all other road users.


We will provide further information on diversion routes closer to the time.


Traffic will still be able to use the junction to leave the A419 southbound to join the A420 eastbound, or to leave the A420 westbound to join the A419 southbound only.


Work is due to start on 16 August.


We anticipate motorists will be able to use the new roundabout by November.


We know that this extra work is going to create major inconvenience to motorists and we can only apologise for the upcoming disruption. We have to dig so deep underneath the carriageway that it would not be safe to try and keep one lane of the roundabout open. By closing the roundabout to through traffic it will allow our contractor to press ahead with the work and complete it in the shortest possible time.


If this work is not carried out, there is a high probability that the road base will fail in the short term, so it is important we invest and do this work properly now.


For more information on roadworks as part of the New Eastern Villages (NEV) scheme, sign up to the NEV newsletter:


Cllr Gary Sumner

Ridgeway Ward



Tel: 01793 790814


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