Highways England are planning improvements to the M4 J15, along with the A419/A346. These will be major works so long delays are to be expected. This will also consist of the closure of DayHouse Lane whilst the bridge over the A419 is rebuilt and a proposed no right hand turn into Badbury from the A346.
We will publish more information as we receive it.
Letter from Highways England
Highways England operates, maintains and improves England’s motorways and major A roads. I am writing to let you know we will shortly be carrying out works in this area.
As part of our commitment ot improve traffic flow in this area, we plan to improve capacity on the A419 by adding a dedicated left turn lane onto the M4 J15. To enable these works we need to carry out vegetation clearance ahead of bird nesting season. We anticipate these works will take 3 weeks to complete and will take place on the verge, no traffic management will be needed but there may be some noise. Please accept our apologies in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.
Date: 16 March to 3 April 2020
Hours of work: work will take place week days only between the hours of
We always aim to work to the programme, however unforseen circumstances or adverse weather conditions may mean changes to it. We will keep you informed via advance roadside warning signs. We will make every effort to ensure the impact on the local community is kept to a minimum.
If you have any queries or comments about the work, or would like further information please contact Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 (open 24/7) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea McAllister I Stakeholder Manager I Highways England
Reducing congestion at Junction 15 of the M4
Improvements to Junction 15 of the M4 and the A419 are due to start on Monday (10 August).
The £17.5m scheme led by Highways England will alleviate the bottleneck at both the motorway junction and on the A419 before new homes are built nearby and employment land is unlocked.
The 12-month programme of work will involve widening both the A419 and A346, as well as widening and lengthening the motorway junction.
As a reminder
- Day House Lane will be closed to all traffic from Monday (10 August).
- Work at A419 Southbound from Commonhead to Junction 15 will start on 14 August meaning the road will be closed for three nights.
SBC Update 8.6.2020
- Regarding the alternative night-time diversion route set you outlined via The Ridgeway / B4192 / Purley Road / Commonhead – we have discussed and have an agreement in principle with Highways England on using this route as requested, instead of the route via New road and Chiseldon. (This is subject to final confirmation from Forest, the appointed traffic management company).
- Re-instating the banned right turn into Badbury from Marlborough Rd is also acceptable in principle to Highways England. However, this location was planned to be used to U-turn HGVs who may have missed the diversion. As the full carriageway width is required at this location to perform the manoeuvre, any extension to the centre island would impede the ability to turn HGVs here. HE are currently in discussion with Forest for alternative location for turning HGVs (possibly at the junction with The Ridgeway). Pending resolution on this point, the proposal to ban north bound right turns from Marlborough Road into Badbury would be reinstated as requested.
- The issue of provision of temporary passing bays on the north-south single carriageway width road between the village and The Ridgeway, which passes the nursing home, was also discussed with Highways England. The outcome was, that for a variety of reasons, this is not something that Highways England would currently be minded to do.However, it could be investigated further and potentially implemented as minor works by SBC as Local Highway Authority, (pending the outcome of discussions between HE and Forest on the right turn issue).
Diversion route for traffic during M4 J15 works is confirmed
The confirmed diversion route for traffic whilst M4 J15 works are in progress is for traffic to turn off the A346 opposite the Farm shop along the Ridgeway Road, heading to Liddington. The route through Chiseldon via New Road is no longer part of the scheme.
Notification of Road Closures: M4 Junctions 12 (Theale, West Berkshire) to 15 (Swindon, Wiltshire) – Resurfacing
Highways England unveils plans for congestion-busting scheme near Swindon
A multi-million pound scheme, which will tackle congestion and help unlock thousands of new homes in Swindon, will soon get under way.
Highways England, the company responsible for England’s motorways and major A roads, has teamed up with Swindon Borough Council, Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership and developers Persimmon and Redrow to deliver extra lanes at M4 Junction 15 and improve local road access from the motorway.
The £17.5 million, 12-month project starts on 10 August and will improve journey times and reliability for motorists by tackling congestion at both the busy M4 junction and on the A419, particularly at peak times in the area.
Highways England’s Growth and Housing Fund has helped to support economic growth, facilitate employment opportunities and enable housing development across the country, and £5 million is being invested in the junction upgrade, which is being jointly funded by Swindon Borough Council (£4.8m), SWLEP (£3m) and Persimmon and Redrow (£4.35m).
The upgrade follows the start of two major Swindon Borough Council schemes – the Wichelstowe underpass project further south near M4 junction 16, and improvement work at the White Hart junction, a vital link between the A419 and A420.
The M4 junction 15 programme of work will involve:
- Widening of the A419 southbound approach to M4 J15 Commonhead Roundabout from 2 to 3 lanes, with a dedicated left lane for London-bound traffic;
- Widening of the A419 northbound exit from M4 J15 to 3 lanes up to the Highways England compound entrance, and back to 2 lanes north of the compound exit;
- Widening of the A346 to the south of M4 Junction 15 from 1 to 2 lanes; and from 2 to 3 lanes on the immediate approach to the roundabout;
- Widening of the M4 J15 eastbound exit slip road from 2 to 3 lanes;
- Lengthening of the 3-lane M4 J15 westbound exit slip road;
- Widening of the M4 J15 southern circulatory carriageway from 2 to 4 lanes;
- Upgrading existing footpaths and installing a new signalised pedestrian crossing over the M4 Junction 15 westbound entry slip road.
Mark Fox, South West Scheme Delivery Manager for Highways England, said: “Our roads are vital for the country and its economic success – they connect businesses and communities and support employment and new homes. All of our improvements will ultimately ensure our roads continue to improve journeys and unlock the potential for new jobs and homes.”
During the scheme, embankments will be cleared and remodelled, and the Day House Lane road, although closed to vehicles, will remain open for non-motorised users.
Throughout the project, any work requiring overnight closures and traffic management arrangements will be communicated in advance.
Mr Fox added: “We will make every effort to ensure that the impact on the local community is kept to an absolute minimum, we’ve started with some preparatory work, and as the scheme progresses we will communicate any changes via roadside signage.
“We appreciate that roadworks can be frustrating but we’d like to thank motorists in advance for their patience while this vital improvement scheme takes place.”
Swindon Borough Council’s £4.8m investment will complement more than £72.5m in road improvements at the nearby New Eastern Villages development.
Councillor Gary Sumner, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Strategic Infrastructure, Transport and Planning, said: “Anyone who has sat in the tailbacks at Junction 15 of the M4 at peak periods knows just why these improvements are needed.
“I am pleased this vital work is about to start as it will relieve congestion on what is a notoriously busy bottleneck. This is a further of example of the Council investing in the Borough’s road network to benefit both local residents and the wider Swindon economy.”
Paddy Bradley, CEO of the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The scheme represents our continued commitment to local businesses and residents and the works will help ensure the economic growth of Swindon and the wider region is not hindered by traffic congestion and unreliable journey times.
“The collaboration between partners to bring together the necessary funding will lead to the improvement of major routes around Swindon to keep pace with the future development of the New Eastern Villages.”
Highways England’s Growth and Housing Fund has been used to match-fund infrastructure projects to unlock developments around the country.
The company has approved contributions to 28 projects at a total cost of £94.8 million. This investment has in turn attracted up to £129 million in other public contributions and £102 million in private match funding and is anticipated to deliver up to 1.74 million square metres of commercial floor space, 44,000 homes and 45,000 jobs over the lifetime of the developments.
To date the specialist fund has made huge improvements and brought benefits to local communities, unlocking homes and jobs in Exeter and Taunton elsewhere in the South West, as well as Darlington, Harrogate, Scunthorpe, Grantham, Warrington, Derby, Oldham, Northampton, Durham, Daventry, Leicester and Southampton.
Notice of temporary road closure and speed restriction - A346 Marlborough Road, Chiseldon, Swindon
This Order is being introduced to allow Highways England to carry out works for the M4 Junction 15 improvement scheme and a dedicated lane from the A419 South Bound on to the M4 East Bound. The Order will prohibit vehicles from proceeding on the A346 Marlborough Road both north and southbound from its junction with B4005 New Road to its junction with the M4 Junction 15 Badbury Roundabout and the section of Day House Lane 300 metres at each side of the bridge going under the A419. A 30mph speed limit is to be imposed on the approach/exit lanes including the circulatory carriageway of Badbury Roundabout.
For the A346 Marlborough Road closure traffic will be diverted via B4005 (New Road (Chiseldon), Hodson Road, Brimble Hill, Marlborough Road, Devizes Road, High Street, Wharf Road and Hay Lane (Wroughton) to Junction 16, A3102 Great Western Way, B4006 Great Western Way, B4289 Great Western Way to Transfer Bridges, A4313 Ocotal Way, A4312 Drakes Way and A4259 Queens Drive and Marlborough Road to Commonhead Roundabout Motorway traffic will be advised to use Junction 16 to enter or exit. HGV/LGV traffic will be diverted to follow the A4, A350 and A338.
For the Day House Lane closure traffic will be diverted via A4259 Marlborough Road, B4192 Purley Road (Liddington), and Medbourne Lane.
The Order will come into force on the 15 June 2020 for 18 months but it is anticipated the road closures will only be in force overnight during the hours of 8pm and 6am as and when required as advised by Highways England.
Highways and Transport Services
20 May 2020
For further information please contact 01793 463040 quoting reference STR000070
Closure of Hodson Bridge over M4
Please note that Hodson Bridge over the M4 will be closed from 7pm to 6pm on the 1st – 4th June. Please view or download the Highways England letter for further details.
Diagrams of Changes to Junction 15
Please note that these diagrams were the last received from WSP and are from Feb 2020.
Further re-designing is taking place
Further designing/re-designing of the scheme is still taking place & a construction program is being created. A further update (when this phase is concluded) is expected in April.
M4 J15 Swindon Congestion Relief Scheme - 28th July Update
Letter from Highways England, 28th July 2020
Highways England operates, maintains and improves England’s motorways and major
A roads. I am writing to let you know we will begin improvement works on the M4 at J15
on 10 August 2020.
On occasion we will need to divert traffic through your Parish and we wanted to make
you aware of this in advance. A diversion will be in place on the B4192 and The
Ridgeway, to the A346 to Marlborough, then joining the A4 and the A388 to Hungerford,
before finally re-joining the M4. These diversions will be infrequent and will be in place
overnight between the hours of 8pm and 6am the following morning.
We will only use diversions when absolutely necessary. We will keep you informed via
advance roadside warning signs. Alternatively, you can follow us on Twitter at
@HighwaysSWEST to receive up to date information, or visit www.trafficengland.com
Thank you for your patience whilst these essential works are carried out.
We will be working closely with funding partners Swindon Borough Council, Swindon
and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership and developers Persimmon and Redrow, to
deliver this 12-month project which will improve journey times for motorists by tackling
congestion at peak times on both the busy M4 junction and on the A419.
Works will include:
- Widening of the A419 southbound approach to M4 J15 Commonhead
roundabout from 2 to 3 lanes, with a dedicated left lane for London-bound traffic
- Widening of the M5 J15 northbound exit to the A419
- Widening of the A346 to the south of M4 J15
- Widening of the M4 J15 eastbound exit-slip
- M4 J15 westbound exit-slip road, lengthening of the 3-lane section
- Widening the M4 J15 southern circulatory carriageway from 2 to 4 lanes
- Upgrading existing footpaths and installing a new signalised pedestrian crossing
over the M4 Junction 15 westbound entry-slip road
During the scheme, embankments will be cleared and remodelled. Day House Lane and
Meadow Way will be permanently closed to vehicles, but will remain open for nonmotorised users.
Please accept our apologies in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.
The majority of this work will be carried out during the day at the roadside behind barriers.
However, occasional overnight closures will be necessary, during which traffic will be
diverted through your Parish. We will make every effort to ensure the impact on the local
community and travelling public is kept to a minimum.
If you would like further information about the work, please contact Highways England
Customer Contact Centre on Tel: 0300 123 5000 (open 24/7) or by email:
M4 Junctions 12 (Theale, West Berkshire) to 15 (Swindon, Wiltshire) – Weekend Closures
Further to my letter in May, I wanted to advise that resurfacing work along the M4 between junctions 12 and 15 is ongoing and progressing well.
In July we have the first of our weekend closures along the M4. These are required as some sections of resurfacing will replace all layers down to the foundations. To allow time for the materials to harden, we will undertake this work whilst closing the M4 over entire weekend periods.
The first weekend closure is scheduled to take place from 9pm on Friday 3 July through to 6am on Monday 6 July 2020, and will be a closure of the M4 westbound carriageway between junction 13 and junction 14.
Further weekend closures have been scheduled for the following dates, but are subject to change:
- Friday 4 to Monday 7 September – M4 westbound between junction 13 and junction 14
- Friday 11 to Monday 14 September – M4 eastbound between junction 15 and junction 14
- Friday 2 to Monday 5 October – M4 eastbound between junction 13 and junction 12
Significant delays are expected during these weekend closures. We advise you to plan your journey and allow extra time or avoid this route if possible.
Please be aware that due to the current Covid-19 Pandemic, all our works are subject to change due to available resource by our Supply Chain, as well as possible adverse weather conditions – confirmed dates/timings for all closures will be displayed in advance on large yellow signs alongside the M4.
We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption during our work. If you have any questions, or if you’d like you know more about our work please email us at email@example.com or call us on 0300 123 5000.
Alternatively, to view our weekly report of full closures please visit https://highwaysengland.co.uk/roads, scroll down and under Roadworks click on ‘Check for Roadworks’, then scroll down and under Planned full closures click on ‘Check for Roadworks’ (this will open a Microsoft Excel file that will allow you to filter by day and road).