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Work starts on new phase of alternative route


Work has started (Monday October 23) on the next phase of High Wycombe's new Alternative Route through the town centre.

The stretch of Queen Alexandra Road from Marlow Hill roundabout to the beginning of Suffield Road, will get the "slow and steady" treatment, with low profile kerbs, narrowed traffic lanes, central reservation, new pavements and road surfacing, at a cost of £2.3 million.

The works, due to finish next summer, are part of the project to create a new route through High Wycombe, linking the A40 Oxford Road with Marlow Hill roundabout, which began with the creation of a new junction with Westbourne Street in December 2015.

During the work, access to High Wycombe CofE School, Wycombe Hospital and for emergency vehicles will be maintained, and temporary traffic lights or 'Stop-Go' boards will ensure work can carry on safely without daytime road closures. 

The Queen Alexandra Road improvement will eventually link with Desborough Road in Spring 2019 once developer Inland Homes has completed structural and foundations work on the town's old gasworks site, and built the final 100 metres of road.

Mark Shaw, Buckinghamshire County Council's Deputy Leader and Transport Cabinet Member, said: "We can't do road improvements without a bit of disruption and I apologise in advance for this. I'm sure the long-term gains will be worth the short-term pain."

The Alternative Route scheme - part of High Wycombe Masterplan - is a joint project between Buckinghamshire County Council, Wycombe District Council and Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership.

IN THE PICTURE: Queen Alexandra Road: ready for the 'slow and steady' treatment

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