A scheme to rejuvenate Regent Circus and improve bus journeys through the town centre is now underway.

The work to create a continuous bus lane from the eastern end of Commercial Road through to Princes Street forms part of the Quality Bus Corridor between Wichelstowe and the town centre via Old Town and Mannington.

Changes to the road layout at Regent Circus have already begun and are expected to be complete in late spring.

The improvements to Regent Circus include widening and repaving of the existing footpaths on both sides of the road, new bus shelters, new and enhanced street lighting and the installation of soft landscaping in the shape of planters.

The scheme, which has been the subject of two public consultations, will also allow the Council to make improvements to the drainage in the area and resurface the existing carriageway.

Work to upgrade the north-bound bus stop at Regent Circus is well underway. The three bus stops have been relocated further along Princes Street and signs directing passengers are in place. Kerb lines have been dug out, drainage works have been undertaken and repairs are ongoing. The new kerb on the west side is to be put in over the coming weeks.

Cllr Mary Martin, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Place, said: “Almost 40 buses use the Regent Circus stops every hour during peak times and this work will enhance the experience of bus users, while also upgrading the road network and public realm so it complements the recent regeneration of the local area.

“We ultimately want to encourage more people to use public transport and these bus corridor improvements will help improve the reliability of buses and create a seamless northbound bus priority link.”

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