Drivers advised to plan journeys ahead of A419 bridge repair work near Swindon

By Anita Jaynes on 19 August, 2022

National Highways is advising drivers to plan in advance and allow a little extra time for their journeys ahead of two weekend closures of the A419 for bridge refurbishment work at the A420 White Hart Junction, near Swindon.

The scheme involves replacing and repairing bridge parapets and to enable the structural repairs, a section of the A419 will be closed at the junction over the weekends of 2nd-5th September and 16th-19th September.

The southbound carriageway will be closed between 8pm on Friday, 2nd September to 6am on Monday, 5th September, while the northbound carriageway will be closed from 8pm on Friday, 16th September to 6am on Monday, 19th September.

The short diversion route will take drivers off the A419 and back on via the exit and entry slip roads, and the closure is being signposted on the M4 and M5 and along the A419 and A417 dual carriageways.

The work will also involve a week of overnight southbound closures from Monday, 5 September to Saturday, 10 September, and overnight northbound closures between Monday, 19 September and Saturday, 24 September, from 8pm to 6am. 

The same slip road diversion will apply and drivers are advised to allow extra time for their journeys while this essential work is carried out.

Andrew Gale, National Highways’ Service Manager, said, “We appreciate roadworks are frustrating and although we’re not expecting too much disruption, we do have reduced capacity around the White Hart roundabout and we understand this will add a few extra minutes to people’s journeys.

“We’ve been communicating well in advance with local businesses and communities, we’re keeping the closures to an absolute minimum and we thank all drivers in advance for their co-operation and patience.”

Drivers can obtain up-to-the-minute travel information on local radio, the @HighwaysSWEST Twitter feed, by phoning the National Highways Information Line on 0300 123 5000 or by accessing the website:

And for more details on National Highways’ work in the South West go to