Q. Why have you chosen this design?
A number of factors including:
• Making for a safe and efficient road design that can accommodate general traffic, traffic growth and development traffic.
• Improvement to the junction of the A429 and Hullavington Road to enable Hullavington Road traffic safe and efficient access to the A429.
• Minimise the impacts on the existing road network, especially during construction.
• Provide improved connectivity for sustainable modes e.g. public bus service and Dyson employee coaches.
• Provide for the largest articulated trucks.
• Respect the safeguarded airfield runway aviation buffer requirements.
• Minimise the impacts to utilities.
• Maintain access to existing properties, businesses, and farmland.
• Minimise visual impacts.
• Minimise land take and residual areas of left-over land.
• Avoidance of ecological impacts.
Q. How long will the works take?
Construction will commence Mid July 2020 with site compound set up and preparation works including some hedge removal, temporary access construction for site and drainage surveys. This will be followed in August with site clearance works stripping topsoil, earthworks cutting and filling and further drainage works.
Further updates on progress will be added to future news bulletins and website.
The project should complete during Spring 2021.
Q. How will lorries that are loaded with stone for the road approach the site?
M4 Junction 17 onto A429 and directly onto site.
Q. Will there be any footpaths or cycle paths provided?
There is no requirement for pedestrians along much of the scheme. At the junction with the A429 there are no existing footways or footpaths to connect to. However, at the airfield access end of the scheme, it is proposed to include two new bus stops. Therefore, some footfall can be expected. At this end of the scheme a footway has been included, including dropped kerbs, tactile paving and a central pedestrian refuge.
Similarly, it is not expected that the route will be attractive to cyclists, although there is nothing to prevent cyclists from using it. The wider carriageway, improved surface, and clear forward visibilities will make the route safer for cyclists than the current alignment of the Hullavington Road.
An existing MoD cycle route will require diversion as part of the scheme. This will include a new crossing point of the access road to the site.
Q. How will access to existing properties and businesses be maintained?
Agricultural access to the fields to the north will be maintained in the scheme, as will access to the businesses and cottages.
Q. Will there be much loss of vegetation as a consequence of the works?
In developing the detailed soft landscape design, the following broad principles will be applied.
• Where road widening and re-alignment permits, existing hedge lines will be retained undisturbed and integrated into the new layout.
• Where vegetation loss is unavoidable, new hedge lines will be established to either side of the new road which tie back into existing boundary vegetation.
• Alignment of proposed drainage swales, ditches and attenuation features will be co-ordinated with new hedge lines.
• In soft landscape areas where new woody planting is not achievable, species rich grassland verges will be established.
• The former section of road will be retained, and disturbed landscape areas reinstated to provide an appropriate setting.
Q. How will the environment be protected?
Prior to and during works an environmental consultant is engaged to give advice. Vegetation clearance will be undertaken with care and shall be overseen by the Landscaping/ Ecology Consultant.
A local Archaeological survey company has also been commissioned. We shall add any findings on our news page of this website should there be any as the work progresses.
Q. What are the working hours on site?
Generally, 7.30am until 6.00pm. However, when we come to tie in the new road to the A429 we shall be tarmacking at night to mitigate traffic congestion.
Q. Will there be much disruption to traffic on the A429?
We don’t anticipate any disruption to traffic until we tie in the new link road due to the fact it will be constructed on land alongside the existing Hullavinton Road. There will be a separate access for site vehicles. This is not due in the programme of work until October 2020. Advance communications news bulletins will alert the general public to this ahead of any signage and traffic management.
Pending Highways approval, we will need to manage traffic with temporary traffic lights as we tie in the roundabout for the new link road to the A429. Further details about this will be communicated .
Similarly, the tie in to the Hullavington Road on the western side of the link road will need brief traffic management as the new section of road will be built alongside and traffic switched onto it once the A429 tie in on the eastern side is completed.
S278 refers to Section 278 of the Highways Act that allows developers to enter into a legal agreement with the council to make alterations or improvements to a public highway, as part of planning approval.
Q. What will happen to any Public Rights of Way during construction?
A footpath used by the MoD will be maintained throughout the works.
Q. How is the contractor mitigating noise, dust and mud on the road?
We have a road sweeper vehicle that will sweep the compound and approach roads when wet paying particular attention to the A429 junction. Water bowsers will be deployed during prolonged dry spells to suppress dust.