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Improvement schemes and projects

1. Black Park and Billet Lane waiting restriction

Scheme Overview

Where:  A412 Uxbridge Road between Black Park Road and Billet Lane
When:  From September 2016
Status:  Statutory consultation commences on 29th July for 21 days. Written responses must be received by 15th August
Summary:  Amending current no waiting on verge restrictions to no stopping on verge
Developer:  Transport for Buckinghamshire
Contact:  01296 383147

About the project

The A412 Uxbridge Road is a high speed road where stopping or parking (except in designated laybys) is unsafe. The amendments are necessary to stop people parking on the verges between Black Park Road and Billet Lane and walking along the edge of the carriageway. The amendments to the existing traffic regulation order will remove the current no stopping prohibition to allow parking in the laybys for vehicles and increase the current no waiting restriction to no stopping on verge and footway.  

2. Countywide road drainage scheme

Scheme Overview

Where: Countywide
When: April 2017 - March 2018
Status: Ongoing
Summary: Scheme looking at improvement measures aimed at more sustainable, long term solutions to drainage problems identified on Buckinghamshire’s road network
Developer: Transport for Buckinghamshire
Contact: 01296 382416

About the project

Following a successful first year, Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) will be continuing to deliver improvement measures aimed at a more sustainable, long term solutions to drainage problems identified on Buckinghamshire’s road network. During 2016/17, 20 schemes were completed.

Work has been taking place to assess known sites across the county where road surface water and ineffective drainage is an issue, to find ways of reducing, and hopefully removing the problem.  As well as more prompt removal of surface water, TfB have also looked at dealing with ditch capacity, making sure soakaways are sufficient, installing new gully systems and upgrading pipe sizes to increase capacity.

A Capital budget of £720,000 has been allocated in 2017/18 for such projects. Identified initially through Local Area Technicians, each treatment site goes through a thorough prioritisation process. Local knowledge, safety concerns, site visits, scans and CCTV footage of existing drainage may be taken into account before determining the priority of each site.  A long term solution to the problem is then found, designed and built.  All through this process, local residents and businesses are kept informed.

Work is currently being planned to take place at the following locations (updated 29th January 2018):

  • Bishops Orchard, Farnham Royal – complete
  • Lower Church Street, Cuddington – complete
  • Oakside, Denham – complete
  • Hillesden Road, Gawcott – complete
  • Swallowdale, Iver – complete
  • Marston Road, Granborough – complete 
  • Water Stratford Road, Tingewick – complete
  • Grimsdell Lane, Amersham – complete
  • Well Lane, Wing – complete
  • A41 Bicester Road, Fleet Marston railway bridge – complete
  • A413 Wendover Road j/w Station Road, Stoke Mandeville – complete
  • Church Lane, Chalfont St. Peter – complete
  • Hundred Acres Lane, Amersham – complete
  • A4155 Marlow Road, Little Marlow – complete
  • Trees Road/Trees Avenue, Hughenden Valley – complete
  • Ashendon Road, Wootton Underwood – complete
  • Worminghall Road, Ickford – complete
  • Dorney Wood Road, Burnham – complete
  • Church Lane, Lillingstone Lovell – work starts 19th February
  • Ashmead Lane, Denham – complete
  • South Lane, Stewkley – complete
  • Bridge street Thornborough – complete
  • Church Street, Little Horwood – complete 
  • Foundry Lane, Saunderton – complete

3. Iver traffic and transport study

In Summer 2016,  the County Council commissioned a Traffic and Transport Study covering the villages of Iver, Iver Heath and Richings Park ("the Ivers"). The study provides a comprehensive view of current and future traffic and transport problems in the area, covering HGVs, private cars, public transport and walking/cycling. It also incorporates the expected future impacts of proposed nationally significant infrastructure developments in the area, such as High Speed 2, the Heathrow Express Depot relocation, Western Rail Link to Heathrow, Crossrail and M4 Smart Motorway (amongst others). A well-attended public exhibition was held in July 2016 to incorporate local views into this study – the boards presented and response forms can be found below. 

The first stage of the Iver Traffic and Transport Study is now available below. A follow-up report is also available, which examines the traffic impacts of the experimental closure of Chequers Bridge (Hollow Hill Lane) by Slough Borough Council. High Speed 2 Ltd’s proposals for the relocation of the Heathrow Express Depot include a temporary closure of the bridge during construction and the Western Rail Link to Heathrow project, to be delivered shortly afterwards, proposes that the route is closed permanently. This survey helps give an indication of the impact of these proposals.

The Ivers Members Liaison Group (IMLG), a councillor steering group formed of elected representatives from Buckinghamshire County Council, South Bucks District Council and Iver Parish Council, has recently been formed.  The group will use the recommendations of the traffic study below plus other local knowledge and proposals to drive forward a comprehensive mitigation plan for the Ivers over the coming months. The primary focus of the group is to promote and develop plans for an Iver Relief Road.

Aside from the relief road, the IMLG has discussed other traffic and transport matters including the most appropriate way to invest a Section 106 sustainable transport contribution from Pinewood Studios. A cycleway has been identified as the preferred option for the group and route options are being investigated.

Please email GDSmailbox@buckscc.gov.uk with any comments or queries.

Hollow Hill Lane Closure

Iver Traffic and Transport Study 

Study - Figures 

Appendices

4. Beaconsfield Shared-use Cycleway, Grenfell Road to Ledborough Lane

Scheme Overview

Where: Beaconsfield - Proposed shared-use cycle link between Grenfell Road and Ledborough Lane. Works also Include an on-road section along St. Michaels Green and Caledon Road, to connect with the existing Beaconsfield Cycle Network.
When: Construction currently on hold (TBC)
Status: Statutory Consultation  Period for Cycletrack Conversion Order ended 22 June 2017
Autumn 2017 Consultation Assessment and Review underway Spring 2018 by Bucks CC
Summary: Extension to existing Beaconsfield Cycleway Network, connecting with existing shared-use cycleway at One Tree Lane/Caledon Road, new on-road route along Caledon Road, to St. Michaels Green, and Grenfell Road. An upgrade of the existing footpath will form the proposed off-highway link connecting between Grenfell Road and Ledborough Lane.
Developer:  Transport for Buckinghamshire
Contact: Bucks CC - Growth and Transport Strategy team

About the project

The project is to extend the existing Beaconsfield Cycle Network with the upgrade of the existing footpath to form a new section of off-road, shared use path for cyclists and pedestrians, between Grenfell Road and Ledborough Lane.

However the overall scheme proposals comprises of three parts, as follows;

i) Upgrade of existing footpath, to form new 2.5 metre width Shared-use cycleway footway facility between Grenfell Road and Ledborough Lane,

ii) On-Road cycle route connection to the existing cycleway network, along St. Michaels Green and Caledon Road, to One Tree Lane, denoted by new signs and white cycle symbol markings on the carriageway, but without intermittent white lane line markings, as this will be proposed as an informal cycle route.

iii) Installation of 4 new bike stands, alongside the town council green, adjacent to Waitrose, at Station Parade.

Funding for this project has been secured by Buckinghamshire CC from Sustrans, (the Sustainable Travel charity), and commissioned by Bucks CC Growth and Strategy Team, for Transport for Buckinghamshire to deliver.

The Beaconsfield Cycle Network has been keenly promoted by Beaconsfield Cycle Paths Action Group, (also providers of the cycle stands), and have been working with BCC to encourage use of the Cycleway Network with the local schools.

The Beaconsfield Cycleway Network aims to provide a safe cycle routes for leisure use, commuting and travelling to school, potentially benefitting a vast proportion of the local population. It is hoped that by encouraging more people to use the route, there will be a subsequent decrease in car use locally, causing positive benefits to congestion levels and the environment,

Timeline:

Informal Consultation completed, occurred February - March 2017.

Statutory Consultation completed, occurred from 25 May 2017  to  22  June 2017.

Construction implementation remains on hold,  tbc May 2018

Autumn 2017 Statutory consultation respondee comments review by Bucks CC. – Ongoing Spring 2018.

Please refer to the links for the details of the Consultation plan, and Consultation Letter

5. National Productivity Investment Fund – Roads

The Autumn Statement 2016 included the announcement of additional funding for improving highway networks – as part of the National Productivity Investment Fund.  The Government announced that it will be investing an additional £1.1 billion in local roads and local transport. Funding will be focused on relieving congestion and delivering important upgrades and must fulfil at least one of the following goals:

i) To ease congestion and provide upgrades on important national, regional and local routes

ii) To unlock economic and job creation opportunities or

iii) To enable delivery of vital new housing

For 2017/18, the Government has announced that it will allocate £2.064m to Buckinghamshire County Council.   This funding will be used to:

  • Improve access to Westcott Venture Park on the A41 helping to unlock this designated Enterprise Zone and unlock economic and job opportunities
  • Deliver highways maintenance on the strategic road network, providing upgrades to important regional and local routes including:

 

Road Name

District

Road Number

CSMP Treatment

Cost Estimate

 Comments

Rabans Lane

Aylesbury

C171

Resurfacing

£105,000

Deferred 2017 scheme.  Important road to main Industrial Centre in Aylesbury

Old Stoke Road

Aylesbury

B4443

Resurfacing

£80,000

Deferred 2017 scheme.  Part of Key link to Town Centre and link form main General Hospital

Bradenham Road

Bradenham

A4010

Resurfacing

£245,000

Deferred 2017 scheme.  Main Link between Aylesbury and HW.  HS2 Haul Route

New Road

High Wycombe

A4010

Resurfacing

£300,000

Deferred 2017 scheme.  Main Link to M40 in High Wycombe.  Key link to Cressex Industrial Park

Kingsbury Square

Aylesbury

Town centre

Reconstruction

£75,000

Major Structural failure in key Town centre location

Valley Road

Hughenden

A4128

Jointing/Patching

£100,000

Safety Scheme.  A4128 link to High Wycombe town centre  and Frogmore area retail

Aylesbury Road

Little Kimble

A4010

Slab/Recon

£200,000

Structural issue on key north south route.  HS 2 haul route

In addition, in Spring 2017, the Department for Transport announced a second round of National Productivity Investment Funding, to support transport schemes which will be delivered within 2018/19 and 2019/20. Unlike the previous bidding, this round of funding is awarded through competitive bidding. Buckinghamshire County Council has submitted two bids to this fund, for the A418 Oxford Road corridor in Aylesbury and the A40 London Road in High Wycombe. The schemes bid for span improvements to highways, public transport and walking and cycling infrastructure. Submitted bids can be accessed below.

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6. A40 West Wycombe to Stokenchurch

Update February 15th 2018

On 28 November 2016 The Government announced that capital funding of £175m over four financial years would be made available to local authorities to improve the safety of 50 of the highest risk A roads sections in England. The 50 routes were based on analysis by the Road Safety Foundation.  .

In January 2017,  Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC) was informed that a 9.2km section of the A40, between Stokenchurch (junction M40) and West Wycombe (junction with A4010) had been identified as one of those routes, with 10 KSI (Killed or Seriously Injured) collisions in the 3 year period 2012-14. This was a rise in the previous 3 year period (2009 – 2011) and as a result BCC was invited to bid for funding.

As a result in April 2017 BCC submitted a bid to DfT outlining initial proposals to reduce the risk of KSI collisions along this section of the A40. Further in depth analysis to determine the measures to be considered to prevent the type of collisions that are occurring is currently being carried out.

As part of the application for funding it was a requirement that the bid document was publicised on the BCC website pending an announcement from the DfT regarding the outcome.

However, in anticipation of a successful bid TfB is planning to deliver some minor works this financial year with the majority of improvements, following analysis, consultation and design, taking place later in 2018 into 2019.

Once BCC have been formally advised by DfT on the success of the funding bid TfB will be in a position to commence the relevant communications and consultation.

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7. Daws Hill Lane, High Wycombe - removal of speed cushions

Scheme Overview

Where: Daws Hill Lane, High Wycombe
When: Summer 2017
Status:

At the present time, the consultation has yet to be completed

Summary:

Formal consultation on whether the speed humps should be removed on a permanent basis

Developer: Transport for Buckinghamshire
Contact: 01296 382416

About the project

Resurfacing works have been undertaken to make repairs to the carriageway on Daws Hill Lane, this under the Capital Maintenance Program. Several sections of Daws Hill Lane required attention and to be able to make the repairs, it has been necessary to plane out the speed humps which themselves have deteriorated over the years.

Buckinghamshire County Council is in the process of conducting a formal consultation on whether the humps should be removed on a permanent basis and this is a statutory requirement. This includes consulting with District, Parish and County Council officers. As part of the consultation process, the residents in and around Daws Hill Lane have also been asked been asked to provide their opinions on the proposal.

At the present time, the consultation has yet to be completed. This because Transport for Buckinghamshire are waiting for the completion of the developer works to install and switch on the pedestrian crossing on Daws Hill Lane, and includes the resurfacing, lining, communications and lighting elements associated with the crossing. Once this has been done, a safety assessment of Daws Hill Lane will be carried out by the Network Safety Team. Its findings will form part of the consultation response before a recommendation can be made on whether the speeds humps should be removed on a permanent basis.

In the interim period, Transport for Buckinghamshire has carried out a set of speed surveys. The results of the survey will also be used as supplementary information and considered as part of the consultation.

Transport for Buckinghamshire apologise for the delay.

UPDATE: The signalised crossing has today (1st Aug 2017) been commissioned and is now in permanent operation. The Network Safety Team are now in a position to carry out a safety assessment of Daws Hill Lane as part of the consultation process.

8. A412 Uxbridge Road / Black Park Road Junction

Scheme Overview

Where: A412 Uxbridge Road / Black Park Road junction, Wexham
When: Spring / Summer 2018
Status:

Consultation stage

Summary:

Consultation on junction proposals

Developer: Transport for Buckinghamshire
Contact: 01296 382416

About the project

Following a review of injury collisions across the county, the A412 Black Park Road junction has been identified as a priority for safety improvements.  Between 2008 and 2016 there have been 18 reported injury collisions in the immediate vicinity of the A412 and Black Park Road junction. 13 of these collisions involved turning movements at the junction.

A statutory consultation has been carried out between 21st August 2017 to 29th September 2017, which received a total of 73 responses with 34 supporting the original proposals and 39 objecting to the original proposals. It was agreed that an improved design was required to take into account some of the valid points raised and to address concerns to assist in reducing collisions within the available budget.   

Through a design review, the revised proposals are:

  • Ban the right turn out of Black Park Road (as previously consulted).
  • Ban the ‘U’ turn on the A412 for southbound traffic (as previously consulted). Note the U-turn facility on Black Park Road is maintained.
  • Reduce the northbound speed limit on A412 to 50MPH, which includes reducing the northbound lane to a single lane through Black Park Road junction.

These will be implemented by Traffic Regulation Orders, a revised kerbing and island layout and new carriageway road markings.

A link to the proposed revised layout can be found below.

Transport for Buckinghamshire is seeking your views regarding the proposed changes.

Objections must be made in writing, together with the grounds on which those objections are being made. This can be done through:

  • Or in writing to Trevor Bonsor, Transport for Buckinghamshire, Griffin Lane Depot, Corrib industrial Park, Griffin Lane, Aylesbury, HP19 8BP

Please quote A412 / Black Park Road junction in all correspondence.

The deadline for responses is 01/02/2018.

Following the feedback from the consultation a decision will be made by the County Council, which will be published on the Buckinghamshire County Council website.

Consultation letter and layout drawings

Consultation letter

Junction design proposal

9. Handy Cross A404/M40 junction 4 roundabout closures

Highways England will be carrying out resurfacing on the Handy Cross A404/M40 junction 4 roundabout in High Wycombe over three consecutive weekends, from Friday night to Monday early morning on the weekends of Friday 16th February, 23rd February, and 2nd March. The resurfacing works require a full closure of the roundabout, as well as the approach roads leading to the junction.

While these are not TfB works, we are preparing for the disruption to traffic that the works are likely to cause in surrounding areas, and this page has been designed to help drivers, residents, and businesses prepare as well. Below you can find FAQs about the closure, maps, and contact details for Highways England.

The closure:
  

Download all diversion routes here.

As well as the A404/M40 junction 4 roundabout, the following approach roads will also be closed:

  • Wycombe Road from Ragmans Lane
  • A4010 John Hall Way from Crest Road
  • Marlow Road from Cressex roundabout
  • A404 Marlow Hill from Waitrose/Park and Ride

Please note the flow of the M40 itself will not be affected and motorway through traffic should move as normal; only the junction will be closed.

If you have any questions or would like to know about the works, you can contact Highways England on 0300 123 5000 or email them at info@highwaysengland.co.uk.

When exactly will the closure be in effect?
TfB has granted a Temporary Traffic regulation Order (TTRO) for the closure of the roundabout and its approach roads to be closed from 9pm Friday until 5am Monday morning on the following weekends only:

  • Friday 16th February – Monday 19th February
  • Friday 23rd February – Monday 26th February
  • Friday 2nd March – Monday 5th

Works will take place all weekend, including overnight, in order to complete as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Why is the work being done?
Highways England is carrying out the resurfacing to ensure this essential junction remains in a safe condition. The existing road surface will be dug out and fully resurfaced, the traffic signals and detection loops will be replaced, and anti-skid material will be laid at selected areas of the roundabout.

Who is carrying out the works?
Kier is the contractor carrying out the works on behalf of Highways England.  There is some information about the scheme on the Highways England website.

Where is the diversion route?
During the closures various clearly signed diversions will be in place, primarily using the M40 junctions 3 and 5, the A40, Wooburn Green and Little Marlow. You can download diversion maps here.

  • M40 northbound traffic for High Wycombe: exit at junction 3 or continue north to junction 5 then travel east along the A40 Wycombe Road
  • M40 southbound traffic for High Wycombe: exit at junction 5 or continue to junction 2, circumnavigate the roundabout, travelling north on the M40 to exit at junction 3
  • M40 northbound traffic for the A404: exit at junction 3, travel past Wooburn Green, Well End and Little Marlow, joining the A404 at Marlow
  • M40 southbound traffic for the A404: continue south to junction 2, circumnavigate the roundabout, travel north to junction 3, exit at junction 3, travel south past Wooburn Green, Well End and Little Marlow, joining the A404 at Marlow
  • A404 northbound traffic for High Wycombe: from Marlow travel east past Little Marlow, Well End, Wooburn Green and the A40
  • A404 northbound traffic for the M40: from Marlow travel east past Little Marlow, Well End, Wooburn Green, then join the M40 southbound at junction 3. Traffic wishing to travel north will need to access the northbound carriageway at junction 2
  • Wycombe Road traffic for High Wycombe or the M40: travel south to Marlow, then east past Little Marlow, Well End, Wooburn Green, joining the M40 southbound at junction 3. Traffic wishing to travel north will need to access the northbound carriageway at junction 2
  • High Wycombe to the M40: travel on the A40 north or south to access the M40 at junction 5 (for northbound) or junction 3 (for southbound)
  • High Wycombe to the A404: travel south on the A40 towards junction 3, then travel south past Wooburn Green, Well End and Little Marlow, joining the A404 at Marlow

Significant delays are expected during these weekend closure periods, and it is advised that you plan ahead of your journey to allow for extra time or avoid this route where possible.

Will buses be affected?
The following bus routes will be diverted:

  • X80 (High Wycombe - Marlow - Henley – Reading)
  • 800/850 (High Wycombe - Marlow – Reading)

Details of the diversions can be found on the Service Disruption and Stop Closures page: https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/transport-and-roads/buses-and-trains/service-disruption-and-stop-closures/

National Express will not be serving the Handy Cross Coachway during the closure.  

What is being done to lessen the impact of the closure?
Transport for Buckinghamshire has put an embargo on any other non-essential roadworks while the Handy Cross roundabout is closed, extending for 10 miles around the junction. Any emergency works will still have to go ahead. We realise that while the official diversions above will be adhered to by LGVs and non-local drivers, anyone with local knowledge or those using sat navs will likely use local roads to divert around the closure. For this reason, additional traffic management will be used in those areas in order to best manage the traffic flow. Signage will be put in place clearly advising that the smaller local roads are not suitable for LGVs.

Why is a full weekend closure necessary?
For the safety of both the workforce and drivers, a lane closure set up is not possible – a full closure is the only option for carrying out the resurfacing. There is a significant amount of work required to resurface such a large and complex junction, that if Highways England were to carry out the works under standard overnight closures with the full roundabout and all approaches shut down, it would take at least 31 nights to complete. Three weekend closures are thought to be the quickest and least impactful way to carry out the works.

Will the emergency services have access?
Emergency services will have access through the closure, as will TfB gritters should they need to get through to salt the roads, although gritting routes have been adjusted to minimise disruption.  

Which businesses will be affected?
Several retailers in the area may be affected by the closure, including John Lewis and Asda in Cressex. All retailers have been contacted by Highways England to inform them of the works, and will be open as usual accessible via the diversions. There may also be a knock-on effect to the retail park in Loudwater – if you are planning a trip to any of these retailers during the closure please allow extra time for your journey.

What other works will be done under the closure?
TfB will be collaborating with Highways England to make use of the road closures on the approach roads, and carry out maintenance works such as small scale resurfacing, gully clearing, sign cleaning, and street lighting repairs.

Who do I contact to discuss this closure?
If you have any questions or would like to know about the works, you can contact Highways England on 0300 123 5000 or email them at info@highwaysengland.co.uk.

10. B489 Lower Icknield Way – Marsworth & Pitstone - new footway

Scheme Overview

Where: B489 Lower Icknield Way – Marsworth & Pitstone
When: February 2018 - April 2018
Status:

Ongoing

Summary:

Installation of new footway linking the Marsworth & Pitstone villages along B489 Lower Icknield Road

Developer: Marsworth & Pitstone Parish Councils
Contact: 01296 382416

About the project

Funding has been secured jointly by the Parish Councils through the AVDC New Homes Bonus for the implementation of the scheme to provide a footway alongside the B489 between the 2 villages. TfB (Ringway Jacobs) has been commissioned to complete Installation works which will comprise of:

  • Site clearance including removal of sections of hedgerow & cutting back of overgrowth.
  • Excavation to formation.
  • Installation of drainage solutions.
  • Footway works: where kerbed – bound surface, where set back from carriageway – planings / unbound surfacing, tactile paving, kerbs & edgings
  • Accommodation works including fencing and gateways.
  • Signage works

For further details please see attached scheme drawings:

Construction Overview

Traffic Management 1

Traffic Management 2

11. Developing deep learning techniques for semi-automatic detection of road assets in Buckinghamshire

The digital transformation is rapidly changing from the way we travel on our roads and how we provide and maintain our infrastructure. The Department for Transport is launching a competition to help stimulate further transformation and to enhance Britain’s position as a leading transport innovator. Our aim is to help encourage highway authorities to make road transport increasingly smart through the use of data and connectivity to improve safety, efficiency, and emissions.

The competition will provide £500,00 for local authority projects costing between £30,000 £100,000 which will:

  • demonstrate the capability of connected vehicle data;
  • improve the quality of road condition and asset management data;
  • provide the business case for more widespread deployment across a number of highway authorities;
  • enable the development of smart asset strategies based on harvested intelligence; and
  • help support innovation within the private sector supply chain.

Details of our entry

Amongst a number of core issues that relate to Connected Automotive Vehicle Systems (CAV's) is a need for accurate real-world data from which a CAV's inherent spatial location and proximity components can leverage an accurate real-world context. Broadly speaking, these components typically involve Deep-Learning algorithms, drawn from machine learning and neural network technologies, from which a CAV can determine its spatial proximity as accurately as possible. While this technology is showing many positive and promising developments for CAV technology, its effectiveness is significantly determined by its access to appropriate training data that provides a high level of accurately defined real-world contexts.

Full details of our entry can be viewed here.