A41 Bicester Road Primary Public Transport Corridor: frequently asked questions
1. Background and context
1.1 Reason for this project?
The A41 Bicester Road Primary Public Transport Corridor (PPTC) project is being brought forward to help improve the important strategic transport route linking Aylesbury town centre with Aylesbury Vale Parkway Railway Station and beyond.
The high volume of traffic using this route daily causes regular congestion, particularly at peak travel times, which this project seeks to address.
1.2 Where is this project?
The highway improvement measures that are being proposed are along the A41 Bicester Road, Aylesbury, between the Paradise Orchard / Sir Henry Lee Crescent junction and the Rabans Lane junction.
1.3 What is a PPTC?
A PPTC is a Primary Public Transport Corridor, is a section of highway that looks to provide different forms of public transport, pedestrians and cyclists greater priority.
1.4 What are the objectives of this project?
The specific objectives for this project are to:
- reduce congestion on the A41 between the western boundary of the Berryfields development and the Bicester Road/Gatehouse Road roundabout in Aylesbury
- reduce journey times and improve journey time reliability for all road users along the A41
- improve bus service information along the A41 for people to better plan their journeys
2.1 What are the proposed improvement measures?
The proposed improvement measures for this project are:
- Extend the right-turn westbound lane on Bicester Road at the junction with Paradise Orchard – allow more space for vehicles to wait in the right-turn lane, so other traffic can pass straight through the junction along the A41 with reduced delay.
- Relocate the existing eastbound bus lane to commence at the River Thame Bridge, ending shortly before the Jackson Road/Dickens Way junction – this will reduce queuing straight after the Paradise Orchard junction, whilst allowing buses to bypass queues at Jackson Road.
- Install traffic signals at the Jackson Road/Dickens Way junction, linking the new signals with the Paradise Orchard/Sir Henry Lee Crescent junction signals and Pegasus crossing to enable better traffic flow.
- Provide two eastbound lanes between the Jackson Road/Dickens Way junction and the Rabans Lane junction.
- Implement a SCOOT (Split Cycle and Offset Optimisation Technique) system and other traffic signal technology to link the proposed traffic signals together and improve traffic flow.
2.2 What proposed improvement measures are being undertaken to make the A41 Bicester Road a PPTC?
The proposed improvement measures for this project are:
- bus detection will be implemented at the 2 signalised junctions (Paradise Orchard & Jackson Road) to give the buses greater opportunity to pass through the junction within each phase of the traffic signals.
- relocate the existing eastbound bus lane to the River Thame Bridge, ending shortly before the Jackson Road/Dickens Way junction – this will reduce queuing straight after the Paradise Orchard junction, whilst allowing buses to bypass queues at Jackson Road.
- the Jackson Road / Dickens Way junction converted to a signal controlled crossing with pedestrian controlled crossing facilities within it, along with a cycle crossing (Toucan) on the Jackson Road arm.
2.3 Why is the eastbound (in to town) bus lane being relocated?
After extensive modelling it is evident that relocating the existing eastbound bus lane to commence at the River Thame Bridge, ending shortly before the Jackson Road/Dickens Way junction, will reduce queuing straight after the Paradise Orchard junction, whilst allowing buses to bypass queues at Jackson Road.
2.4 Why is a central pedestrian island across the A41 at the Haydon Hill entrance being proposed?
With 3 lanes of traffic being proposed at this location, 1 eastbound bus lane, another eastbound lane and westbound lane for general traffic, a central island will help pedestrian to cross the road at this location.
Alternatively there is also the existing Pegasus crossing further west which pedestrians may choose to use instead.
3.1 When will this project be delivered?
- The current programme is as follows: January/February 2021 - Public consultation on the initial feasibility designs.
- March 2021 - Consultation analysis and reporting.
- Early Summer 2021 - Completion of detailed design work incorporating consultation feedback.
- Late Summer 2021 - Start construction.
- Spring 2022 - Complete construction.
Depending on the outcome of the consultation and other factors, such as
Covid-19 restrictions, this timescale is subject to change.
4. Getting involved
4.1 How can I find out more about this project?
Buckinghamshire Council is committed to making consultation material accessible for as many people as possible. To receive more information on the project, to receive information in a different format, or to provide feedback please contact us via the various methods below.
We have a dedicated mailbox for this project: firstname.lastname@example.org and we welcome emails and queries about the scheme.
You can contact the Highways Infrastructure Team on 01296 382 416.
You can write to us at:
A41 Bicester Road Consultation
Highways Infrastructure Projects Team
Walton Street Offices
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Latest news on the A41 Bicester Road Primary Public Transport Corridor project is available at http://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/a41-bicester-road, which will be kept up to date as the project progresses.
4.2 How can I provide feedback?
You can complete an online feedback form via our 'Your Voice Bucks' page. Public consultation is running from Monday 18 January 2021 to Sunday 14 February 2021.
Visit Your Voice Bucks to submit feedback about the consultation.
5. Project funding
5.1 How is this project funded?
We have allocated £2.9 million of Section 106 funding from the Berryfields development to pay for the improvements. We have also allocated £600K from East-West Rail mitigation funds, giving a total budget of £3.5 million
6. Effects on local residents
6.1 Will the effects on the highway network be communication with the public?
Traffic management plans will be published on the project webpage and updated throughout the construction of the scheme. E-bulletins will be provided on a regular basis throughout the construction of the scheme.
6.2 Will noise, lighting or air quality worsen once the construction works are finished?
Before construction commences, various surveys will be undertaken in the vicinity of the proposed scheme. The same surveys will be undertaken again once the scheme is completed to understand if noise, lighting and air quality has improved or not.
6.3 What is the process for compensation from the scheme?
There is guidance on compensation available from central government. Find out how to get compensation when a road affects your property's value.