Salisbury Plain communities thanked for roadworks patience

Salisbury Plain communities thanked for roadworks patience

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:50am 31st July 2019.

The team behind the Army Rebasing programme have apologised for all the inconvenience caused by ongoing disruption.

There have already been months of roadworks in areas like Bulford, Larkhill, Tidworth and Ludgershall. 

Those towns and villages are taking the bulk of the new housing for forces families, coming to Salisbury Plain from Germany this summer.

But we're warned that there's still plenty of disruption to come.

Bulford Village Roadworks Area for Army Rebasing
The area of Bulford village where the roadworks are being carried out at the moment

'APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT'

Those behind the work have a message for local people who have been affected by the roadworks.

Mark Duddy, ABP Programme Director said:

"We do recognise that these road works can be extremely frustrating for the local community and apologise for any inconvenience caused, however, when complete, they will be of huge benefit locally and greatly improve the flow of traffic across the existing road network.

"The main influx of Service personnel and their families from Germany and within the UK will be taking place now, over the school summer holiday period and you may notice an increase in traffic during this time.   

"We do appreciate the support from the local community and the understanding that the investment being made locally now by the MOD will bring long term benefits."

WHAT'S PLANNED: 

There are currently three way temporary traffic lights on the High Street in Bulford while work to put in that double roundabout continues.

They're due to remain until mid August, and they're being manually controlled from 7.00am to 7.00pm on weekdays.
 
After that, there'll be still work once the traffic lights are taken away, to put in some street lighting and kerbing.

It's all due to be finished by the end of August.

A338 Pennings Road The Ram roadworks map June 2019
There's a huge amount of work being carried out in Tidworth over the next few months

In Tidworth, there's some work along Station Road, Pennings Road and Lahore Road at the moment to build some trenches for utility companies put in some infrastructure.

Virgin Media are also working in the Ordnance Road area to provide for the new service family accommodation.

There's also 14 WEEKS of work expected to take place from September.

That's to widen widen the road and put in turning lanes to help with traffic flow.

Work's also planned for Shipton Bellinger later this year.

WILTSHIRE COUNCIL RESPONSE

That's something that's being backed up by Wiltshire Council, as Executive Director Alistair Cunningham explains:

"Service Personnel and their families coming to Wiltshire as part of the Army Basing Programme will bring economic benefits into our local area and enrich our communities. Years of preparation mean we are ready for their arrival and we welcome them settling into Wiltshire.

"Part of those preparations has been ensuring highway improvement works are carried out so our roads can meet the new demand, are safe and fit for purpose for years to come. Because of the extent of the works we have regular meetings with developer Lovell and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation. These meetings aim to minimise the disruption for this major project by carefully coordinating other works. We're grateful for people's understanding and patience while these works continue."

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