Branches Swindon Restoration

The area to the south of Swindon is currently being constructed as a community called Wichelstowe. Bordered by the M4 to the south, Croft Road to the east, and the railway main line to the west, much of the infrastructure is now being built including the canal. Many of the houses in the eastern village called East Wichel have also been completed but overall progress has been slowed by the recent recession.

During 2010 the first new lock on the new main line of the canal was built. The length of canal from this lock eastwards for about 800m has also been completed.  The next section eastwards from the new Blackhorse Way bridge to Croft Road crossing will include another new lock.

The original canal line from Kingshill south to the new Waitrose Store was restored some years ago.  The old line will be restored for another 300m south to join the new line.  From here the route to Royal Wootton Bassett follows a new alignment towards junction 16 before turning south to a new proposed culvert under the M4.

The next step is to link the new length at East Wichel to the old line at Waitrose.  Progress on this section is dependent upon agreement with the council and their appointed developers. We expect to see progress later in 2015.

When Wichelstowe is completed over 4km of canal will be restored or newly constructed. This is part of the bypass to the south of Swindon to ensure that we can link Melksham to Abingdon with this canal.

More information about the Wichelstowe Development can be found on their website:


Last Updated on Thursday, 23 April 2015 17:21