Following three years of research, a public consultation and £120 million of taxpayers money spent, it has been discovered that the Magic Roundabout in Swindon, Wiltshire, is in fact not magical
The study by the Ministry of Transport was launched following numerous complaints of absolutely no occurrences of magic at Swindon's most famous landmark . One local resident, a 42 year old Psychic Healer, told us "I moved from Surrey to Swindon because of the magic roundabout. I have been here for three years and driven over it every day, but to date nothing magical has happened. I can't help thinking the whole thing was made up to make money from vulnerable people."
The roundabout is known around the world for being the only thing slightly interesting about Swindon, but as an American tourist visiting the roundabout told us "it's just 5 mini roundabouts, hardly the eighth wonder of the world. I was expecting a Harry Potter exhibition at the very least, but no, just 5 mini roundabouts"
The local council have not reacting well to the findings of the study. "This is just a cheap tactic to kill our tourist industry" Councillor Roderick Bluh told us as he dismissed the study. "It is another ploy by those in London to stop visitors to this country coming to Swindon"
The roundabout, which was opened in 1972 to try and control the sheer amount of traffic trying desperately to leave the town, has already come in for criticism from fans of the cult television programme of the same name. Bob Pipe, a modern day hippy, from nearby Royal Wooton Bassett told us "I was arrested in the centre of the roundabouts with my dog Dougal and charged with possession of a class A drug. I thought this was the one place we could recreate the drug fueled hallucinations of the 60's."
A spokesman for the tourist board in Swindon told about the concerns for the jobs of the 85 people they employ to promote the roundabouts. "Now we have lost the only reason for anyone to visit the town, we will have to find a replacement attraction or face massive job loses". She continued "We have already considered a number of ideas including 'the mystical lamp post', and the 'Bermuda shorts triangle'. However the idea with the most momentum is our direct theat to Disneyland Paris. I give you 'Poundland Swindon'."