Phase 2 with two-way traffic using the southbouund lanes was due to be in operation by 18 February (see schedule further down this page).
BUT IT IS NOT. No traffic could enter the A345 Castle Road northwards from Castle Roundabout when the junction was last checked on 21 February. So the diversion still applies.
News from 5 February
The northbound lane of Castle Road between Castle Roundabout and Butts Road will be closed between 5 February - 25 February whilst a gas main is replaced.
During the first phase 5-17 February, two lanes will remain open to traffic travelling south but no traffic will be able to travel northwards. During the second phase, the two normally south-bound lanes will be opened up to two-way traffic.
An official diversion will be marked via the A360, A303, and A345 (estimated to add 40 mins to the journey). Official details in the Wiltshire Council notice copied in full at the bottom of this page.
However, Salisbury Reds website has published details of a much shorter local diversion that its buses will be using, along St Marks Avenue, Somerset Road and Devonshire Road :
"R12 (Salisbury to Stratford Bridge service)
After Milford Hall Hotel, journeys which normally operate direct via Castle Road and Stratford Road will be subject to the above diversion, and will use Waters Road to resume normal route from Hathaway Close. Stops between Castle Road Roundabout and Hudson Road will not be served."
Extract from the SGN website:
Phase one: Monday 5 to Saturday 17 February
Road closure from the exit of Waitrose/Superstores along the A36 to Castle Roundabout and no northbound access to Castle Road.
This will mean:
The north side of Castle Roundabout (A36) will be closed
Castle Road will be closed from the A36 heading northbound
The West side of Castle Roundabout remains open
Access to the A345 Castle Road northbound will be closed – follow the signed diversion route
Bus routes will be affected - please contact your service provider for changes to services, routes and timetables
Phase two: Saturday 17 to Monday 26 February
We'll be working along Castle Road with one lane closure – southbound lanes will be made two way.
We're sorry for the inconvenience our work may cause.
Wiltshire Council Official Notice:
Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
Urgent Closure of: Castle Road (Northbound) (Part), Salisbury
WILTSHIRE COUNCIL HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that on 5th February 2024, the following length of road shall be closed to all traffic in the interests of public safety to enable SGN to replace gas main and associated maintenance works.
Castle Road (Northbound) (Part), Salisbury; from its junction with A36 in a northbound direction to its junction with Butts Road.
Alternative route: via A345 (Unaffected Length) - A303 - A360 and vice versa.
The closure and diversion route will be clearly indicated by traffic signs. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses where possible, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works.
These works will commence on 5th February 2024 and are anticipated to be required until 25th February. This Notice will have a maximum duration of 21 days.
For further information regarding these works please contact Chevron on behalf of SGN on 07831 631734
Sustainable Transport Group, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN