Drivers in Trowbridge face road works misery

Sign of things to come

Sign of things to come

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Councillors say the first they knew that 40 weeks of road works were about to start in Hilperton was when signs went up this week.

Work on the long-awaited Hilperton Relief Road will be carried out by contractor Bristlew and on behalf of Persimmon Homes, after planning permission was granted to the developer by Wiltshire Council in 2006, as part of the legal agreement for the East of Trowbridge housing development.

Signs informing motorists of possible delays went up on Wednesday, with a duration of 40 weeks, but councillors from Hilperton Parish Council say they have not been given much information about the schedule.

Ernie Clarke, who chairs the council, said: “The parish council has been given no information whatsoever. I only found out when I got an email about it and saw the signs go up at the roundabout.

“The first phase will see them create a site access off the Hilperton Drive roundabout and also at Horse Road, but they are not expecting too much of a problem. After that the work will hopefully take place to minimise disruption.

“Some of Hilperton will welcome the road, while others will be against it. It has been a long running issue, but it will hopefully improve traffic through the village when it is completed.”

Another Hilperton parish councillor Trevor Carbin said: “We have all been kept in ignorance about it really. The problem is that the developer will decide what they are doing and when they are doing it.”

Technical director at Bristlewand, Clive Aveyard, said: “We have permission to form an access into the site, which is what we are stating on Monday and then from September 1 we are hoping to start work on the relief road.

"Our contract period is 40 weeks and that is probably how long it will take.

"There are two roundabouts at either end in Trowbridge Road and Canal/Horse Road where we will be creating access points.

“There will be disruption when doing the roundabout work for sure as it is a sensitive area, but we will work to minimise any disruption. The first thing we will be doing is setting up some access to the site.”

Persimmon Homes project manager for the new relief road Peter Kenny said: “We have to work with the utility companies first before we start the major work. To start with we will just be putting a temporary entrance in place.

“The major roundabout work won’t take place until we have more information from the utility companies, but we are expecting the main work to start in September.

“Everyone was aware the road has been planned and lots of people will be over the moon when it’s up and running as it will relieve traffic through the villages.”

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11:09am Fri 15 Aug 14

jigsaw 5 says...

What about the Devizes road from Paxcroft eggs farm to semington roundabout. Its a shamble. More people use this road than Hilperton. Haven't the council looked at this road?? With Tour de Britain coming to town and heading that way..i say good luck to them. I cycle that road both ways everyday and they're gonna have fun and better have good suspension and pothole missing sat nav. Council at its best...pfft.
What about the Devizes road from Paxcroft eggs farm to semington roundabout. Its a shamble. More people use this road than Hilperton. Haven't the council looked at this road?? With Tour de Britain coming to town and heading that way..i say good luck to them. I cycle that road both ways everyday and they're gonna have fun and better have good suspension and pothole missing sat nav. Council at its best...pfft. jigsaw 5
  • Score: 16

6:29pm Fri 15 Aug 14

markinmelksham says...

What are persimmon doing to discourage drivers to use Horse Road to get to Staverton and Bath? it needs humps or a weight limit otherwise its traffic will not go down.
What are persimmon doing to discourage drivers to use Horse Road to get to Staverton and Bath? it needs humps or a weight limit otherwise its traffic will not go down. markinmelksham
  • Score: 3

10:00pm Fri 15 Aug 14

moonrakin wurzel says...

C'mon Wiltshire Times - a link to a map of the new road and associated developments?

But omnishambles comes to mind - how many people have "Public Relations" and "Corporate Communications" in their job title at Wiltshire Council?
C'mon Wiltshire Times - a link to a map of the new road and associated developments? But omnishambles comes to mind - how many people have "Public Relations" and "Corporate Communications" in their job title at Wiltshire Council? moonrakin wurzel
  • Score: 14

12:30pm Sat 16 Aug 14

jigsaw 5 says...

http://cms.wiltshire
.gov.uk/documents/s5
3832/HT-052%20-12%20
-%20Appendix%201%20M
ap%20of%20Hilperton%
20Relief%20Road.pdf

add to that 450 houses..ps keep that bit quiet from the residents
http://cms.wiltshire .gov.uk/documents/s5 3832/HT-052%20-12%20 -%20Appendix%201%20M ap%20of%20Hilperton% 20Relief%20Road.pdf add to that 450 houses..ps keep that bit quiet from the residents jigsaw 5
  • Score: 8

5:35pm Sat 16 Aug 14

brandx says...

Build the road - and they will come.

More houses that is.
Build the road - and they will come. More houses that is. brandx
  • Score: 8

10:56am Sun 17 Aug 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

Nowt wrong with more houses.
Nowt wrong with more houses. Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: 4

11:54pm Sun 17 Aug 14

moonrakin wurzel says...

jigsaw 5

hope you've invoiced Newquest and WC for media consultancy ...

Now then - where are they all going to work .........?
jigsaw 5 hope you've invoiced Newquest and WC for media consultancy ... Now then - where are they all going to work .........? moonrakin wurzel
  • Score: 6

12:07pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Grumpyoldgit99 says...

markinmelksham wrote:
What are persimmon doing to discourage drivers to use Horse Road to get to Staverton and Bath? it needs humps or a weight limit otherwise its traffic will not go down.
I think you will find that the bypass will do that. Have you even looked at the map?
[quote][p][bold]markinmelksham[/bold] wrote: What are persimmon doing to discourage drivers to use Horse Road to get to Staverton and Bath? it needs humps or a weight limit otherwise its traffic will not go down.[/p][/quote]I think you will find that the bypass will do that. Have you even looked at the map? Grumpyoldgit99
  • Score: 1

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