Swindon's Magic Roundabout

Swindon's Magic Roundabout

Swindon's Magic Roundabout is one of the most complex rotaries in the world. Located in Swindon, a large town within the Borough of Swindon and ceremonial county of Wiltshire, in South West England, it has five smaller roundabouts direct traffic clockwise while cars travel counterclockwise around the inner circle.

In a nutshell it consists out of five individual roundabouts grouped in a circle around a central point. It was originally called County Islands Ring Junction, but later was officially named The Magic Roundabout, a reference to a 1960s-era European television show for children. Though there have been 14 serious accidents and just over a hundred lesser ones recorded in 25 years, that rate is less than one would expect for such a busy junction. Most accidents have involved cyclists and motorcyclists and now a cycle lane running right round the outside of the roundabout, with pelican crossings, should ensure that the Magic Roundabout becomes as safe as it is efficient.

This juggernaut of a junction opened in 1972. The Magic Roundabout consists of five clockwise mini roundabouts in a ring. There is also an outer clockwise roundabout and an inner anticlockwise roundabout, perhaps one of the only places in UK where such a structure will be found.
This part of the road is not for the sissies and shouldn’t be attempted by novice drivers. The road requires strong nerves to negotiate it. 

 

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