Key cycle route now closed
National Cycle Route 45 closed on September 4th to enable Thames Water to install a new pipe under the surface. The route that connects North Swindon with Westmead will stay closed for at least a year, but once the works are finished, the Council has arranged for Thames Water to reinstate the path so it is in a better condition for both cyclists and pedestrians. Swindon Borough Council, using its Active Travel England funding for investment in cycling and walking, is looking at designs for a long term solution for the full length of the route linking Westmead to Thamesdown Drive and Tadpole Village.
The works are vital, as the infrastructure needs replacing to prevent future catastrophic leaks or bursts. It is impossible to conduct the works without closing the length of route.