Swindon's Magic Roundabout is an Insane 6-Circle Traffic Junction

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 the ceremonial county of Wiltshire, in South West England, it has five smaller roundabouts directing traffic clockwise while cars travel counterclockwise around the inner circle. It's one of the world's 10 best roundabouts.

Swindon's Magic Roundabout

Where is Swindon's Magic Roundabout?

Situated near the County Ground, home of Swindon Town F.C., it consists of five mini-roundabouts arranged around a sixth central, anticlockwise roundabout. Originally named County Islands Ring Junction, it was later officially named The Magic Roundabout, referencing a 1960s-era European television show for children.

When was Swindon's Magic Roundabout built?

Constructed at the crossroads of five major roadways, this juggernaut of a junction opened in September 1972, designed by engineer Frank Blackmore of the British Transport and Road Research Laboratory.

Is Swindon's Magic Roundabout challenging?

It’s perhaps one of the only places in the UK where such a structure can be found. It’s a baffling and intimidating experience for newcomers. In 2009, it was voted the fourth scariest junction in Britain. 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 around the outside of the roundabout, with pelican crossings, should ensure that the Magic Roundabout becomes as safe as it is efficient.