Drivers advised to plan journeys ahead of A419 safety work near Swindon

By Anita Jaynes on 29 August, 2023

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 Highworth junction, near Swindon.

The scheme involves replacing bridge parapets and to enable the structural repairs, the northbound section of the A419 will be closed at the junction over the weekend of 1st-4th September and the southbound carriageway is to be closed on the weekend of 22nd-25th September.

The work follows last year’s refurbishment of the bridges at the A420 White Hart roundabout and has been planned to avoid Swindon Town’s home matches and National Highways has been working closely with Swindon Borough Council in its planning.

The northbound carriageway will be closed between 8pm on Friday 1st September to 6am on Monday 4th September, while the southbound carriageway will be closed from 8pm on Friday 22nd September to 6am on Monday 25th September.

During the first weekend closure northbound traffic will be diverted via the A420 White Hart roundabout and rejoin the A419 at the Turnpike junction, while the southbound diversion on the second weekend will see traffic leave the A419 at the Lady Lane junction and rejoin at the A420 White Hart roundabout.

During the weekend closures two-way traffic signals will also be in place on Highworth road, and National Highways is advising drivers to plan their journeys in advance of the essential safety work.

Andrew Gale, National Highways’ Service Manager, said, “We appreciate roadworks can be frustrating but we’ve been working with both Swindon Borough Council and Swindon Town Football Club to ensure as little disruption as possible.

“We’ve been communicating 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 while we carry out these essential works.”

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: