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Wiltshire's silliest diversion route

November 2, 2019 7:55 AM

If you want to travel from Bradford on Avon along the Winsley bypass on the evenings of 13th or 14th December, then you won't be able to, because it'll be closed for resurfacing.

If, like a good motorist, you decide to obey the diversion signage you'll be sent through Bradford, Staverton, Hilperton and Trowbridge and onto the A361 to Beckington, then up the A36 to Limpley Stoke, then back up to Winsley. A total distance of 20 miles or so.

Or you could just take the old road through the village.

The problem for WC is that diversion routes are supposed to be of the same standard as the closed road - the Winsley bypass is a B road so the diversion has to go along A or B roads. That's the logic, but when the council says it wants to reduce pollution and car journeys, then the system in this case is clearly ridiculous.

Q. We have A, B, C and unclassified roads. If we had F roads, which town would they all lead to?

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.A. F rome.