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Swallow Roundabout roadworks: All we know so far as Dundee drivers face a year of disruption

Key details including dates, diversion routes and what changes to expect at the junction.

An image showing a map of the works and views of the Swallow Roundabout.
Major roadworks will take place at the Swallow Roundabout in Dundee. Image: DC Thomson/Springfield Group

Major roadworks are set to start at the Swallow Roundabout in Dundee this summer.

The junction – where Kingsway West meets the A90 from Perth, the A85 Riverside Avenue and Dykes of Gray Road – will undergo a major upgrade to help accommodate hundreds of new homes at Western Gateway.

Developer Springfield Properties is overseeing the project.

Here is all we know so far about the Swallow Roundabout roadworks, which will affect drivers in both Dundee and Perthshire.

This article will be updated with more information as the start date approaches.

When will the Swallow Roundabout roadworks start?

Springfield Properties has confirmed the roadworks will begin on Monday June 17 2024.

A finish date has not been announced but the work will run for about a year.

What changes will be made to the Swallow Roundabout?

A design for the new-look roundabout has been approved by Transport Scotland and Dundee City Council.

A graphic showing the roundabout plans.
How the remodelled Swallow Roundabout will look, including extra lanes for traffic arriving from Perth in the south and Aberdeen in the north. Image: Springfield Group

The following changes will be made:

  • A lane added to the approach of the junction from Perth on the A90, for a left turn towards Dykes of Gray/Liff
  • A new lane added from Dykes of Gray towards the A90 northbound
  • Traffic lights added on all approach roads to the roundabout
  • A set of lights on approach to the roundabout from Dundee, providing controlled pedestrian access at the roundabout itself

Dozens of trees have already been removed to make space for the changes.

Why is the work taking place?

The work is required as part of a planning condition for the construction of homes at Western Gateway.

Parts of the development could only go ahead if the roundabout was upgraded to accommodate the extra traffic.

The work had been due to start much earlier than now, but it stalled due to a wrangle over a strip of land.

A “path to nowhere” built in 2023 ensured planning permission on the land would not expire before the project began.

The path on the Swallow Roundabout.
The “path to nowhere” at the Swallow Roundabout. Image: Councillor Alasdair Bailey/Facebook

What road closures, diversions and disruption will there be?

Springfield has already warned drivers on the A90 and surrounding roads will face “increased delays”.

According to Dundee City Council’s road report, Riverside Drive and Dykes of Gray Road will be shut at the Swallow Roundabout overnight (7.30pm to 6.30am) Monday to Friday from Monday July 1 for 11 months.

Traffic will be diverted during these closures as follows:

  • Riverside Avenue – via Kingsway, onto Myrekirk Road and then South Road, along Explore Road and down Apollo Way to meet Riverside Avenue (same in reverse).
The diversion for Riverside Avenue. Image: Springfield/Google Maps
  • Dykes of Gray Road – via Kingsway West, Wester Gourdie Industrial Estate and Liff Road (same in reverse).
The diversion for Dykes of Gray Road. Image: Springfield/Google Maps

Restrictions on the A90 and Kingsway West have yet to be confirmed, but according to the Scottish Roadworks Commissioner website, there will be lane closures and contraflows during the work.

It says the majority of lane closures will only be at night.

How can locals stay informed?

Anyone keen to find out more about the project can drop into the nearby Landmark Hotel between 6pm and 8pm on Tuesday May 28 for an information session.

A website for the Swallow Roundabout roadworks has also been set up, and locals can sign up to a mailing list.

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