Downton route to close during the day for a month

A BUSY road in Downton will be closed at certain times for almost a month during work to refurbish traffic lights and refresh road markings.

Wiltshire Council has revealed the work will take place in Lode Hill, Downton, between Monday, June 17 and Friday, July 12.

To keep workers safe, the route will be closed between 9am and 3pm from Monday to Friday, with the road open outside of those hours.

The road will also be open on election day – July 4 – to allow people to get to polling stations.

A ‘virtual footway’ will also be reinstated during the work, the council said, following a request from Downton Parish Council, with additional dropped kerbs added on the western side of the road to increase accessibility.

Cllr Richard Clewer, leader of Wiltshire Council, said: “We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused by these works, but it’s our priority to ensure that residents can travel around safely.

“Traffic lights play a vital role in managing traffic movement as well as ensuring pedestrians and cyclists can cross busy junctions safely and these improvement works reflect our commitment to road safety, as set out in our Business Plan.”

During the closure, pedestrian and cycle access to Lode Hill will be maintained where possible, he added.

And on the day of the General Election, the road will be open to enable people to vote, but it will be under temporary traffic signals to keep the team working on the lights safe.

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