Swindon’s Fleming Way regeneration plans go on public display

By Ben Carey on 28 February, 2020

Plans to create a new bus interchange and gateway into Swindon town centre will be the focus of two public drop-in events in March.

The proposed scheme has been developed by Swindon Borough Council and could see Fleming Way completely transformed to include a new public space with a green spine to reflect the old canal that used to run along Fleming Way.

Improved pedestrian and cycle routes also form an important part of the scheme which would build on the recent work at nearby Wellington Street, creating an attractive route from the railway station into the town centre.

All national and local bus services would be incorporated along Fleming Way and the new road layout would complete the link between the Eastern and Western Flyer cycle routes.

The new bus interchange is being developed to complement other town centre regeneration schemes, including the Kimmerfields development to the north of Fleming Way. As part of this development, the existing bus station will be demolished enabling the Council to deliver new homes and offices to attract more people to live and work in the town centre.

The proposed redevelopment also supports the vision for the town centre, which states that ‘By 2030, Swindon town centre will be the beating heart of the local community. A place to set up home and business, where people stay longer, spend more and keep coming back’.

Members of the public will be able to view the plans and find out more information about the scheme at two drop-in events at the Jurys Inn Hotel on the corner of Fleming Way and Princes Street.

The first drop-in will take place on Tuesday 3rd March between 12noon and 5pm, with the second being held on Thursday 5th March between 2pm and 7pm.

The Council has applied for £25m in funding from the Government’s Future High Streets Fund to create the new bus facility. The final bid for funding will be submitted this April, and the Council expects to find out if it has been successful in the autumn.

Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) has contributed £3m to progress the design of the scheme, to carry out the necessary site investigations and begin the British Telecom diversion. The Council’s Cabinet has also been asked to contribute £5m of Capital funding to the project.

Councillor Dale Heenan, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for the Town Centre, said, “The replacement of the bus station is long overdue and this significant scheme will not just benefit those who live and work here, but create a lasting impression on people who come to visit our town. Swindon has been shortlisted for £25m by the Government from hundreds of bids, and we now have to wait until the autumn for a final decision. 

“This would be one of the largest investments in the heart of our town in a generation and sends a message to businesses that Swindon is a place in which to invest.

Further information on the plans is available at www.swindon.gov.uk/busboulevard