Temporary closure of the Western Flyer in Westmead

As part of the ongoing Thames Water works between Taw Hill and Westmead, a section of the Western Flyer will close on Monday 23rd October for up to 6 weeks.

The full closure is between the Mead Way subway and the current R45 closure point.  The temporary closure is essential to enable the current phase of work to replace the Haydon End rising main.  During the closure, a signed diversion will be set up using the cycle path on Mead Way, along Westmead Drive and back up the path to rejoin the Western Flyer east of the current closure, and vice versa.

The surface of the path south of the current closure point has been improved to accommodate the diversion, and temporary lighting will be provided.

It is important that members of the public adhere to the diversion routes in place and do not try to cut through the work sites, which pose many dangers.

A spokesperson for Thames Water says, “Health and safety is a top priority at Thames Water. We have barriers and extensive health and safety procedures in place at our ongoing works in Haydon End to protect our engineers and the surrounding community. Work sites can be dangerous places and we ask members of the public to adhere to diversions and routes put in place for their own safety.

Thank you for your patience while we work to make things better – it’s all part of a multi-million pound investment across Swindon to upgrade our pipes and ensure our water network is resilient for future generations.”

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