Views sought over Masterplan's latest phases
Detailed plans have been prepared for the final sections of the new Alternative Route through High Wycombe town centre.
A public consultation on plans for the highways scheme is being launched today (Friday January 20) by Buckinghamshire County Council www.buckscc.gov.uk/hwmasterplan
And next Thursday (January 26) residents are being invited to see them at a drop-in event in the South Wing ground floor room at Bucks New University (10am-1pm, 4pm-8pm) as part of the month-long public consultation.
Construction of the Alternative Route, linking Oxford Road with Abbey Way gyratory, began in Westbourne Street in May 2015, and phase 2, currently being built along Desborough Road, is expected to be finished in August.
The final planned phases 3 and 4 will complete the scheme by creating a new link road through the town's former gas works site with further work in Queen Alexandra Road. Work is scheduled to start in the summer and will cost around £3 million.
The scheme, one of seven making up the High Wycombe Masterplan, uses design features to encourage slower, smoother traffic speeds to reduce stop-start delays and control emissions. It will improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists, and enable more traffic to use the route.
Total cost of the Masterplan is £14.53m, of which £8.5m comes from Local Growth Funding through Buckinghamshire and Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP), £5.3m from Wycombe District Council and just over half a million pounds from the County Council.
Mark Shaw, County Council Transport Cabinet Member said the month-long consultation was a critical stage to get feedback from residents and businesses.
'Our concern is about the safety and security of people who use the roads through High Wycombe's busy town centre,' said Mark. 'We're aiming to give people a choice in their route across town, and we want to make sure we get this right.'
Wycombe District Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Sustainability David Johncock added: 'We’re investing in the alternative route to improve High Wycombe and make it a more attractive, people-friendly town to live and work in. Once all the pieces are in place we’ll have a new route for traffic crossing from one side of town to the other, paving the way for a better connected, more pedestrian-friendly town centre.'
IN THE PICTURE
Mark Shaw and David Johncock: consultation launch