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A355 Improvement project

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Where: Beaconsfield
When: Complete summer 2019
Summary

The scheme is for a new relief road to the east of Beaconsfield. The key objectives are to reduce congestion on the A355 and improve north-south connectivity in Buckinghamshire

Status:

Construction works for the A355 Improvements Project started mid-August 2018

Next steps

Main construction works are ongoing with completion expected by August 2019

Contact

hitmailbox@buckscc.gov.uk, or call the contact centre on 01296 395 000

The scheme

The scheme is for a new relief road to the east of Beaconsfield.

The road will be built with a new junction at Maxwell Road at the northern end, and connect with the A40 at Pyebush roundabout the southern end. It is to be delivered in two parts:

  • Northern section by the County Council from Maxwell road to Minerva Way
  • Southern section by Inland Homes from Minerva Way to Pyebush Roundabout

The goal of the scheme is to reduce congestion on the A355 and at the London End roundabout. The scheme will also improve north-south connectivity in Buckinghamshire

 

Current works

Work has progressed well since the Christmas break and many changes to the A355 have occurred since our last bulletin. The new roundabout has been open to the traffic since the early hours of Friday the 18th January. We are grateful for everyone's cooperation and patience during the required night closures. We are committed to minimising disturbance and traffic delays.

The project team have been working hard day and night. We are now entering the phase 3 of the works. These will include improvements to the footpaths and verges on the western side of old A355.

Works carried out during this period include:

  • surfacing laid on roundabout and its approaches
  • new bollards and roundabout signs were installed
  • new temporary barriers were installed to shift the traffic onto the new roundabout
  • a new footpath 3m width has been constructed
  • temporary lighting towers have been installed
  • road markings have been provided to the new layout

8/9 January Affinity Water temporary 3-way traffic lights

We were contacted by many residents due to the delays on the A355 on the 8th and 9th of January.

We would like to clarify that the recent traffic delays were caused by temporary traffic signals. These were a result of utility cover repairs by Affinity Water and not related to the A355 project.

We were informed that these were emergency works and so could not be avoided.

Hyde Green

There is currently a temporary one way traffic system on Hyde Green. This is part of the construction works to ensure residents and road workers' safety whilst the works are carried out.

This is regulated through a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order. Once the works in this area are complete (approximately June/July) this restriction will be removed and two way traffic will be restored. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

What's next?

Works in February will be focussed on progressing the drainage for the rest of the link road as well as ducting.

Future works include:

  • construction of main drainage to the new road
  • drainage and ecological ponds excavation
  • drainage works between Maxwell Road and Hyde Green
  • new kerb line installation between Maxwell Road and Hyde Green

 

About the project

The A355 Beaconsfield Eastern Relief Road is one of six major highways projects which Buckinghamshire’s Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) with the purpose to improve the Council’s strategic transport network.

In March 2014, Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Economic Partnership (BTVLEP), together with Buckinghamshire County Council, submitted its Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) to the Department for Transport.

The SEP outlined a number of transport and economic development focus areas for Buckinghamshire, to help support growth throughout the county.

Working together, Buckinghamshire County Council and the BTVLEP secured £44 million of funding through the Local Growth Fund (LGF) to take forward large scale infrastructure schemes, including transport and highways improvements. One of these schemes was the A355 Beaconsfield Eastern Relief Road which was awarded £6.05m in 2016.

The objectives of this project are to:

  • reduce congestion in Beaconsfield particularly on the A355 and the London End roundabout, which will see a 50% reduction in traffic
  • improve north south connectivity in the County
  • to provide a more suitable route for HS2 construction traffic, that would otherwise have to go via the London End roundabout

Planning consent for the scheme was granted in September 2017. Main construction works for the A355 Beaconsfield Eastern Relief Road began in August 2018 with construction expected to be completed by August 2019.

The southern section of the relief road will be delivered by Inland Homes as part of their Wilton Park housing development.

Photographs and plans

Current work phases
General arrangement plan
Diagram of phases 1 to 3
Aerial photograph - site 1 compound
Aerial photograph - site 2 towards south
Aerial photograph - site 3 roundabout
Aerial photograph - site 4 roundabout

 

Funding

In March 2014 Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Economic Partnership (BTVLEP), together with Buckinghamshire County Council, submitted its Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) to the Department for Transport.

The SEP outlined a number of transport and economic development focus areas for Buckinghamshire. These will help support growth throughout the county.

Working together, Buckinghamshire County Council and the BTVLEP secured £44 million of funding through the Local Growth Fund (LGF). This is being used to take forward large scale infrastructure schemes, including transport and highways improvements.

One of these schemes was the A355 Beaconsfield Eastern Relief Road which was awarded £6.05m in 2016.

   

Consultation

The project team has kept in touch with the public through a number of consultations during the course of the project. A Public meeting was held at Beaconsfield Town Hall in Oct 2015 looking primarily at alignment options, and another in April 2016, looking at the outline design.

There will be further public engagement during the construction phase to ensure that everyone with an interest in the project is well informed.

This page will be continuously updated as the project develops.

 

Contact

If you have any questions, please contact us below. If you know anyone who wants to join the mailing list please ask them to send a request.

Highways Infrastructure Team
Email: hitmailbox@buckscc.gov.uk
Telephone:  01296 382 416

 

Bulletins

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Past bulletins are available below.

Bulletin 1 - November 2016 
Bulletin 2 - March 2017
Bulletin 3 - September 2017
Bulletin 4 - February 2018
Bulletin 5 - May 2018
Bulletin 6 - June 2018
Bulletin 7 - July 2018
Bulletin 8 - September 2018
Bulletin 9 - October 2018
Bulletin 10 - November 2018
Bulletin 11 - December 2018
Bulletin 12 - January 2019

 

Press releases

Work starts on high priority Beaconsfield relief road
Go-ahead for Beaconsfield Relief Road plans
Multi-million pound road improvements scheme launched
Beaconsfield relief road roundabout begins to take shape

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