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Road schemes win £6m government funding


Two major Buckinghamshire road improvement schemes have won £6.32 million of Government funding, following County Council bids submitted in the summer.

The schemes are among 76 across the country awarded funding totalling £244m, announced by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling on Thursday (October 19).

Mark Shaw, Buckinghamshire County Council Deputy Leader and Transport Cabinet Member welcomed the funding, and said it would help relieve urban congestion, improve safety and journey time reliability, and help to unlock economic growth. 

The £6.32m will be divided between an improvement project for the A40 from High Wycombe town centre to Loudwater, and an improvement scheme for the A418 Oxford Road, Aylesbury.

The High Wycombe scheme includes proposals to improve journey time reliability along the London Road, better pedestrian crossings and state-of-the-art traffic control to ease congestion. 

At Aylesbury, the scheme includes plans to ease traffic queuing between Fowler Road and the Hen & Chickens roundabout, improve walkways and cycleways, and install synchronised traffic light controls.

Mark Shaw said: "We're looking continually for opportunities to bid for Government money to invest in Buckinghamshire's roads, to help stimulate economic growth, deal with the impact of housing growth, and help ease congestion. This funding will do a great deal to make life better for our residents and businesses."

The High Wycombe project receives £4.13m, while the Aylesbury scheme gets £2.19m.

IN THE PICTURE: Mark Shaw, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Transport

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