Key cycle route now closed

National Cycle Route 45 closed on September 4th 2023 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.

Official Diversion Route

Whilst the path is closed, an official diversion has been set up for cyclists utilising Akers Way, and quiet side streets to reconnect with the Western Flyer.  The diversion was agreed as being the most appropriate option with the Swindon Cycle Campaign.  Pedestrians will be able to take a slightly shorter diversion through Cheney Manor Industrial Estate.

The diversion is signed using red signs that look like this:

Image of a Route 45 diversion sign

The route for cyclists is shown below.  It will be an additional 1.7 miles (approx 12 minutes cycling).

Download the Official diversion route as a GPX file from

Alternative diversion using West Swindon

If your destination is to the West of the closure, it may suit you better to take the alternative diversion along the old Purton Road, through quiet side roads and Old Shaw Lane to re-connect R45 nearer to Mead Way, as shown below.


Download the Official diversion route as a GPX file from

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