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High Wycombe town centre masterplan

1. High Wycombe scheme overview

Where: High Wycombe
When:

See individual project pages for dates

Status: In progress
Summary:

Implementati­­on of the High Wycombe Town Centre Masterplan, see individual project pages for more detail

Developer:

Wycombe District Council, Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership,

Local Growth Fund and Buckinghamshire County Council

Contact:

01296 382 416
hitmailbox@buckscc.gov.uk

Travel and parking information 

Local residents and visitors to High Wycombe town centre will experience delays whilst road works are ongoing. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience these delays may cause. We have opted to arrange much of the works under traffic lights instead of full road closures to avoid greater disruption on the road network. We seek your cooperation and patience whilst we complete the current and future phases of works.

Important travel and parking information during the construction works.  

Current and planned road closures
Current and planned car parking changes 

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About the project

The High Wycombe Town Centre Masterplan is a partnership project between Buckinghamshire County Council, Wycombe District Council, and Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership. Funding has been secured from the Local Growth Fund.

The plan will strengthen the role of the town centre as the focus for employment, shopping and leisure activities in the district. A key part of the masterplan is an alternative route around the town centre, linking A404 Marlow Hill to the A40 West Wycombe Road. This will pave the way for a more attractive town centre that better connects the old and new parts.

Specifically, the Masterplan sets out to:

  • Transform public spaces - creating new public spaces and improving existing public spaces to make the town a more attractive place for shopping and leisure.
  • Strengthen the economy - by creating new opportunities for businesses, jobs, shops and leisure.
  • Bring the town together - by making changes to the road network to make the town more 'pedestrian-friendly'. This includes changing the traffic flow around the town centre and downgrading the use of Abbey Way flyover, as well as improving other streets and pedestrian spaces in the town centre.

 

Planning permissions

Two sections of the route required planning permission:

  • Westbourne Street Link
  • Gas Works Link (now named Suffield Hill)

This was obtained in late 2013 from Buckinghamshire County Council.

Westbourne Street

Westbourne Street was completed in December 2015. The existing highway on Desborough Road, Lily’s Walk, Suffield Road and Queen Alexandra Road already exist within the highway boundary. As such changes do not need planning permission. These changes have been subject to public consultation and regular stakeholder engagement.

Suffield Hill

On the 2 December 2016, Wycombe District Council granted planning permission (ref 15/08002FULEA) for the redevelopment of the former Gas Works site. The permission was for a mixed use development comprising:

  • 239 residential dwellings
  • approximately 1,400 sqm of commercial floorspace

The developer Inland Homes plc will deliver the Suffield Hill link road. This is part of their agreed Section 106 and Section 73A Community Infrastructure agreements.

The link will become an adopted highway by Buckinghamshire County Council through a Section 38 & Section 278 agreement

 

Design philosophy

The design of the alternative route uses current guidance from the Department for Transport. By using proven urban design techniques this will:

  • create naturally low speeds without needing police enforcement
  • smooth traffic flow at a lower speed
  • reduce stop-start delays and pollution effects
  • improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists

Identifying problems

The scheme has been the subject of Road Safety Audit by a team independent of the designers. They will identify any road safety concerns, for motor vehicle users, pedestrians, and cyclists.

Issues the designers have identified have been addressed in design proposals. Further Road Safety Audits will take place at the end of construction, and once it’s been operating for a while.

The masterplan will take pressure off the Abbey Way Flyover, after recent maintenance extended its life by between 15 to 20 years.

The map below gives a comprehensive overview of roadworks and any traffic issues in the High Wycombe area. Please note that it includes any works taking place on the road network, not just those being undertaken by Buckinghamshire County Council.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Masterplan aiming to achieve?

  • Create better public spaces for people within the town centre and make High Wycombe a more attractive place to live, work and visit
  • Improve transport options across the town through the alternative route and seek to reconnect the old and new parts of the town
  • Open up new opportunities for High Wycombe for business, investment and regeneration through improved public spaces. 

Are there plans to remake the river?

The River Wye currently disappears underground, buried underneath High Wycombe roads and pavements.

While improvements where made to Westbourne Street we put in new measures that will give us the option to bring the river back to the surface. This will then flow alongside the A40. We will be consulting on this in due course.                               

Future of the Abbey Way flyover?

The current A40 route over the Abbey Way flyover was put into place in the 1960s before the High Wycombe section of the M40 was opened. It cuts through the heart of the town. The Masterplan does not, at present, suggest closing the flyover. But we are keeping the long term future under review. The alternative route enables traffic to move away from the town centre. It will enable the junctions at either end of the flyover to be designed to accommodate people and improve links between the old town and the new. It will also make the adjacent sites more attractive for shopping, leisure and business investment.

What is the alternative route?

The alternative route is a new road link through High Wycombe to the south of the town centre.

It runs from Westbourne Street along Desborough Road to Lily’s Walk. It then runs along the proposed new Gas Works link road and along Suffield Road to the Abbey Way gyratory roundabouts. It will become a second main route for traffic of all types to travel across the town. 

Traffic lanes are narrow

Carriageway will be 3m from kerb to kerb. All lorries, buses and emergency vehicles are able to drive down these lanes.

Central strips (medians)

These are used for several reasons. They help to keep traffic lanes narrow to slow drivers down and give pedestrians the opportunity to cross the road one lane at a time.

Pedestrian Crossings

These help reduce the speed of traffic within the lanes. They provide a highlighted area for the attention of drivers where pedestrians are likely to cross. Formal crossings will remain at key locations near schools.

Emergency vehicles

Emergency vehicles are able to use the footways and central strips to pass vehicles or queuing traffic. These strips also help general traffic get round a broken down vehicle and keep traffic flowing smoothly. All of the emergency services have been consulted throughout the delivery of the scheme.

Less traffic signals

We have designed non-signalised junctions to help free the alternative route from stop-start traffic. This will help achieve a slow but steady flow of traffic through the town.

Lighting

New energy efficient LED lighting columns will be in use throughout the alternative route. Some of these will incorporate street names. These will provide improved lighting conditions with reduced energy costs and maintenance requirements.

Disabled Users

We made sure that our street design caters for all users. We are doing this by including:

  • kerbs
  • surface levels
  • trim details at the back of the footway
  • tactile paving
  • colour contrasting materials

This will help less able users navigate their way through the space.

Why do we need the alternative route?

Creating the alternative route is vital to reducing and rerouting traffic in the town centre. This helps create better spaces for people to enjoy. These spaces will make High Wycombe more attractive and pave the way for regeneration. They could also help re-open the River Wye through into the heart of the town.

The purpose of the scheme is to create a new east west traffic route through High Wycombe that avoids the flyover.

Why is it necessary?

The new route is part of a wider scheme to regenerate High Wycombe Town Centre, which currently features a lot of traffic.

The design of the alternative route will reroute traffic from the A40 away from the town centre and the flyover. The route will have, no traffic lights, no signs, and no lines. It's designed to help the movement of pedestrians and cyclists as well as road users.

When will it be constructed? For how long?

  • Phase 1 of the route was completed in 2015 at Westbourne Street junction with the A40.
  • Phase 2 along Desborough Road was completed in August 2017.
  • Phase 4 is currently under construction since October 2017 and is due to be complete in July 2018.
  • Phase 3 will commence in August 2018 until spring 2019 subject to written agreements in place with the developers.

Timelines for the rest of the Masterplan phases will be announced in due course.

Will the roads be closed? Will traffic be diverted?

Each scheme will have different circumstances and impacts. All schemes will use temporary traffic lights and temporary road closures during construction. Roads will only be closed for a short period of time during the works. There will be only occasional night time closures.. There will be various diversions in place when necessary.

We will be telling people in advance of the next stages of the work as it progresses along the route. Please see the Road Closures section for more information

What will the finished route look like?

The Alternative Route schemes will follow the same design approach used at Westbourne Street. This design is based on the guidance from Manual for Streets. It's designed to enable vehicles of all sizes to run in the 3m running lanes at steady speeds.

The design features pedestrian elements such as, central medians and informal crossing points. The scheme will also enhance the look of the highway with new pavements and lighting columns, trees, high quality granite sett kerbs, swales and planters.

Why will this be better in the long term?

In the longer term there will be more traffic on this route than before. We want to ensure that this traffic is travelling at a slow and steady speed, without stop-start queuing.

Will it affect parking in the area?

Yes it will. Several on street parking bays will need to be removed along the north side of Suffield Road. This will allow for the construction of the new development’s southern access and new link road. We have sought to maximise the number of spaces retained along Queen Alexandra Road east of the pedestrian crossing on both sides of the road.

To aid traffic flows on the alternative route on street parking will not be permitted unless in marked bays once the whole scheme is completed. Traffic Regulation Orders will feature along the whole length of the Alternative Route. Only parking in the bays provided will be permitted.

The scheme also needed to permanently close access to West End Road from Desborough Road. This is to limit vehicle movements in that area. Access to the Wycombe District car park next to the Kings Centre church will be diverted via West End Street.

Please see the Road Closures and Car Parking section for more information

What will be the impact on buses getting to the bus station?

Buses will continue to run to and from the bus station. During the works we will we need to temporarily suspend the bus stops as we carry out construction works.

We are working in cooperation with Transport for Buckinghamshire and the local bus companies. Some routes will be diverted for a limited time for the individual projects.

Will there be much disruption?

Local shop owners, businesses and residents will of course hear and see the works take place and this will bring noise and disruption to the area.

We are seeking to minimise disruption of lane and road closures. keep to night time works wherever possible. We will inform people about any temporary traffic lights or diversions in the area via the press and local bulletins throughout the works.

Night time working will be kept to a minimum. At times there will be a need to use two shifts of contractors. This means work could be going on 24/7 at various points in the work programme.

How will people be kept informed?

People will be kept informed by Buckinghamshire County Council its stakeholders where necessary throughout the works:

  • Local newsletters posted to key properties during the works as necessary
  • Press releases in the local newspapers including the Bucks Free Press
  • Regular meetings with key stakeholders
  • Radio bulletins through Wycombe Sound
  • The site Project Management teams will liaise with the local community throughout the works utilising a Public Liaison Officer where required.
  • BCC will also seek to keep people informed through website updates and regular bulletins. 

Where can I have my say on the scheme?

If there are issues around the scheme or the works during construction that you wish to discuss please email hitmailbox@buckscc.gov.uk or call us on 01296 38241.

How are the works being managed and monitored?

The works are being delivered by Buckinghamshire County Council as the Highways Authority and monitored by the Streetworks team. Regular site visits with a focus on vehicle and pedestrian safety will ensure that the traffic management is properly in place and that works are being conducted in a safe manner.

Who is paying for the works?

The High Wycombe Town Centre Masterplan is a partnership project between Buckinghamshire County Council, Wycombe District Council and Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership with funding secured from the Local Growth Fund.

Information

Transport Assessment - Westbourne Street & Gas Works Link
The High Wycombe Town Centre Masterplan

2. A40 Rye Crossing High Wycombe

Scheme overview

Where: High Wycombe
When: Mid February 2014 – Mid April 2014
Status: Completed
Summary: Installation of signalised Toucan crossing Inc. upgrades to connecting cycleways.
Developer: Buckinghamshire County Council
Contact: 01296 382416

About the project

This joint commission by Buckinghamshire County Council and Wycombe District Council is one of several schemes anticipated for delivery under the Wycombe Town Centre Masterplan and involves the installation of a signalised toucan crossing to connect the East West Cycle Route within The Rye (public open space) with the town centre. Its aim is to provide better utilisation of the open space and encourage walking and cycling.
In addition to the installation of a signalised crossing, the following works were undertaken:

  • Carriageway width reduction from two lanes to one lane on the eastbound side of the dual carriageway
  • Upgrading of street lighting
  • Resurfacing of Abbey Way for the crossing approaches.

The works were commissioned by Buckinghamshire County Council through Transport for Buckinghamshire. Ringway Jacobs were the Principal Contractor and Saunders Surfacing (Contractor) Ltd were appointed as their Subcontractor.

3. Abbey Way

Scheme overview

Where: Wycombe district
When: 18th August - 31st October 2014
Status: Complete
Summary: Parapet protection, surfacing and sealing scheme aimed to improve public safety and to reduce water leakage.
Developer: Transport for Buckinghamshire
Contact:

01296 382416

About the project

Carriageway works are being undertaken to the Abbey Way Flyover and Lily’s Walk to improve public safety.

  • The works will protect the sub-standard parapets against vehicle impact and improve the condition of the surfacing together with minor works to reduce water seepage to the shops below to both the A40 and Lily’s Walk.
  • Lily’s Walk: - Installation of containment kerbs, resurfacing and opening to two way traffic.
  • Abbey Way Westbound carriageway:- The parapet works involve the installation of containment kerbs to the in front of the existing parapets, where they are known to be sub-standard. Lane 1 and 2 will be resurfaced.
  • Abbey Eastbound carriageway: - A MASS barrier vehicle restraint system will be installed between lanes 1 and 2. Lane 2 will be resurfaced. The surfacing of the closed off lane 1 will be slurry sealed to reduce water seepage into the shops below.
  • The drainage system will be tested and repairs undertaken.

4. Frogmoor

Scheme overview

Where: High Wycombe
When: Late 2015
Summary: To ensure that Frogmoor is made a more attractive and accessible area
Status: Not started
Developer: Buckinghamshire County Council
Contact: 01296 382416

About the project

The District Council wishes to ensure that Frogmoor is made a more attractive and accessible area that contributes to the attraction of the town centre whilst striking a better balance between the needs of different users of the space. Accordingly It is proposed to change the traffic regulation orders that govern parking and waiting of vehicles. Some parking would be introduced which is angled to the kerb. Short stay parking would be introduced – free for an hour with no return for three hours. The existing parking and waiting areas for taxis and disabled parking would be reconfigured to allow this and to increase the availability of taxi rank spaces. The existing northbound bus stop would be removed and changes to loading bays are also proposed.

Some realignment of kerbs may be necessary to facilitate this, and to better connect Frogmoor with Bull Lane where a widened footway is proposed. Opposite Bull Lane this would reduce the carriageway to 6m in width with the footway on the south side correspondingly widened.

Separately the Council is working with High Wycombe BIDCO who manage the space to develop proposals to attract new uses to the space and to add greenery and seating.

5. Pauls Row High Wycombe

Scheme overview

Where: High Wycombe
When: Completed early 2015
Status: Completed
Summary: Completed
Developer: Buckinghamshire County Council
Contact: 01296 382416

About the project

The initial brief for the Pauls Row Public Realm Improvement project was set in the autumn of 2011, as part of the Public Realm Action Plan for High Wycombe Town Centre. The Public Realm Action Plan was undertaken to identify short term opportunities for improvement of the public realm, consistent with the long term vision for the Town Centre.

In 2026 High Wycombe Town Centre will be an appealing and attractive destination with a thriving economic centre and a high quality public realm, which emphasises the natural, historic and cultural assets of the town. The town centre will be a place where people choose to live work and visit. It will have a variety of uses that include a good retail offer, high quality office and residential accommodation and cultural and educational opportunities centred on the Swan Theatre and Bucks New University campus.

The town centre will be well connected and accessible on foot by road and by public transport. The provision of an improved street network will allow for the integration of the historic and expanded town centres, with new high quality public spaces connecting key areas together through more direct and attractive linkages for pedestrians and cyclists and creating opportunities to enjoy the River Wye.

Pauls Row is the first in a series of Town Centre Master Plan improvement Works, seeking to enhance the visual appearance of the area along with improved pedestrian and vehicular interface, as well as encouraging pedestrian movements around the town centre. The project seeks to reduce street clutter and enhance the finishes to both carriageway and footways and improve drainage and Street Lighting and personal security, whilst incorporating Landscaping and High Quality Public Realm material finishes.

Construction started in late September 2014 and was completed in early 2015.

6. Westbourne Street

Scheme overview

Where: High Wycombe
When: 21st May 2015 - December 2015
Status: Westbourne Street in now open
Summary: Westbourne Street works now complete.
Developer: Buckinghamshire County Council
Contact: 01296 382416
 

If you have any queries please contact the Highways Infrastructure Team at hitmailbox@buckscc.gov.uk


About the project

Overview

Westbourne Street is the first phase of the Masterplan which provides a new link between Oxford Road (A40) and Marlow Hill roundabout. The urban design of the road provides smooth traffic flows at a sustainable speed, reducing stop-start delays and pollution effects, and improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists. Westbourne Street has been re-constructed to its Baker Street junction and resurfacing will take place on Oxford Road between The Pastures and Bellfield Road. 

Programme

The programme for construction of Westbourne Street linking to the A40 commenced on the 21st May 2015, and was opened to the public on the morning of 07 December 2015.

Traffic Management

Traffic management arrangements went according to plan with the aim for minimal disruption to all road users.

Culvert

 

Culvert Installation (Video 1)

Culvert Installation (Video 2)

The existing culvert, which carries the River Wye under Westbourne Street just South of the junction with the A40, will remain in situ. Wycombe District Council have a long term aspiration to re-open the River Wye where possible as part of the Town Centre Master Plan. The programme for this and funding has not yet been secured. Wherever possible within the TCMP facilitating and enabling works have been incorporated and completed to ensure that the proposal to re-open the river in the future is not stifled. This includes where possible future proofing the design to reduce costs and the impact to the travelling public.

As part of the Westbourne Street project a new culvert has been installed at a higher level to the existing adjacent twin culverts. The higher level will mean that the river is brought closer to street level where it would be closer to people, more visible and hence more of a feature.

Implementing the proposed culvert now will avoid the need to dig up the new Westbourne Street Link in the future.
The new Culvert will facilitate a new open section of the River Wye between Westbourne Street and Brook Street on the southern side of the A40. The timescale for this is not yet determined but it is expected to take several years.

 Bulletins

7. Phase 2 - Alternative Route

Scheme overview

Where:

High Wycombe

When:

Phase 2 construction is now complete

Status:

Repairs to be undertaken 29 October to 6 November 2018

Summary:

Construction of the next phases of the Alternative Route in High Wycombe town centre on Westbourne Street, Desborough Road and Lily’s Walk

Developer:

Wycombe District Council, Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, Local Growth Fund and Buckinghamshire County Council

Contact:

01296 382416

hitmailbox@buckscc.gov.uk

You can also view previous bulletins for the HWTCMP.

Westbourne Street / Brook Street Junction Surfacing


About the project

The Alternative Route/Gas Works Link is a key component to the High Wycombe Town Centre Masterplan, linking the A404 Marlow Hill to the A40 West Wycombe Road via the old Gas Works site and Westbourne Street. Creating the new route is part of an ambitious, long term project – a ‘Masterplan’ which is set to transform the town centre with major improvements for the future. When all the pieces are put into place, the alternative route will help to reconnect the old and new parts of the town and create a strong mix of shopping, leisure and employment activities. 

 

Parking arrangements

We have implemented a number of short stay (1 hour max stay) on street parking bays along Desborough Road. There are 8 new and improved disabled bays near the pedestrian entrance to the Eden Shopping Centre, along with a taxi bay and 3 Shop Mobility bays for Shop Mobility Permit Holders only. We have also implemented 3 new taxi bays along Mendy Street.

Please note that Westbourne Street and Desborough Road is now classed as a Restricted Parking Zone. In order to allow traffic to flow better, parking is prohibited along the route unless the vehicle is parked in a designated marked bay. All vehicles parked illegally or not displaying a parking ticket on their dashboard will receive a parking fine.

 

Phase 2 information

 

Photographs 

New Bridge St Junction

New Bridge St Junction

New lamp columns

New lines

New pedestrian crossing

New Taxi lines

 

8. Phase 3 - Suffield Hill

Overview

The new link road is a key component to the High Wycombe Town Centre Masterplan, linking the A404 Marlow Hill to the A40 West Wycombe Road via the old Gas Works site and Westbourne Street.

Creating the new route is part of an ambitious, long term project, a 'Masterplan' which is set to transform the town centre with major improvements for the future. This alternative route will help to reconnect the old and new parts of the town and create a strong mix of shopping, leisure and employment activities.

Keep up to date with the latest changes by subscribing to our bulletin. You can also view past editions

 

Construction

The new link road will be named Suffield Hill and is currently under construction by Inland Homes plc as part of their commitment and agreements with Buckinghamshire County Council and Wycombe District Council. View the plan of the link road.

Construction of a new link road began in January 2019 and is expected to be complete from October 2019.

 

Use of temporary traffic lights

Throughout the delivery of this project traffic management will be left in place, including overnight, to maintain a minimum safe carriageway width.

 

Overnight Road Closures

Construction of a new link road will require overnight road closures on Desborough Road and Suffield Road simultaneously to complete a number important activities over the following nights.

The contractor will attempt to have all noisy operations, such as the planned surfacing and kerbing works, done before 11pm most nights. However, there will be exceptions during the week commencing 7 October, as noisy operations will be required until the early hours. Where possible, they are expected to keep all noise to an acceptable level due to the proximity to residents. Noisy operations are expected to be significantly reduced from 14 October onward.

Nighttime closures between 7 October and 11 October (8pm to 6am)

Removal of old resurfacing on both Desborough Road and Suffield Road sections for the resurfacing up to binder course level - noisy operations are expected.

Installation of the new junction-kerb lines at both ends of the link road - noisy operations are expected.

Nighttime closures between 14 October and 18 October (8pm to 6am)

Final layer of road surfacing for the new carriageway - reduced noise operations.

Resin surfacing of the new footpath sections - low noise operations.

 

These approved road closures are being used by the contractor rather than a daytime closure to limit the impact on traffic next to the Eden Shopping Centre, school, university, hospital and ambulance service. As a result, works normally expected to be carried out during the day are being completed at night when the contractor has full access to the carriageway, which is not possible without a road closure.

Wycombe District Council Environmental Health have been made aware of these works so they can monitor any impacts. If you wish to raise concerns with Wycombe District Council over the noise levels, please submit a 'Contact Environmental health' form. Please reference the works with ‘Phase 3 link road - overnight road closures, October 2019’.

 

Right Turn Bans to and from Lily's Walk

The  new left in left out junction connecting Suffield Hill to Desborough Road has been designed to allow for traffic to flow smoothly through the alternative route.

This helps keep traffic speeds slow and steady and easing access into Eden and the new development along Lily’s Walk.

 

Changes to parking

From the October 2017, we reduced the car parking on Suffield Road between Rutland Street and Loakes Road.  Parking signs have been put up to inform residents and road users of the changes.

Any non-authorised vehicles not parked within signed bays will receive a parking Penalty Charge Notice (PCN).

Once complete, Suffield Hill will be added to the Restricted Parking Zone which is already in place along Westbourne Street, Desborough Road, Suffield Road and Queen Alexandra Road.

The planned changes ensure the road layout becomes an integral part of the High Wycombe road network in the future. Construction work on the old Gas Works site will deliver:

  • a new mixed-use retail and residential development
  • a new link road to tie into the existing street network in High Wycombe

This link road is a key component of the many changes for High Wycombe in the years ahead and it remains crucial to meeting future needs of the town centre.

 

Contact

For any questions or queries:

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

 

9. Phase 4 - Alternative Route

 

Scheme overview

Where:

Suffield Road and Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe

When:

Phase 4 construction is now complete

Status:

Completed September 2018

Summary:

Construction of the next phase of the Alternative Route in High Wycombe town centre on Suffield Road and Queen Alexandra Road

Developer:

Wycombe District Council, Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, Local Growth Fund and Buckinghamshire County Council

Contact:

01296 382416

hitmailbox@buckscc.gov.uk

 

You can also view previous bulletins for the HWTCMP Phase 3 & 4 Pre May 2018 & Post May 2018.

About the project

The Alternative Route is a key component to the High Wycombe Town Centre Masterplan, linking the A404 Marlow Hill to the A40 West Wycombe Road via the old Gas Works site and Westbourne Street. Creating the new route is part of an ambitious, long-term project – a ‘Masterplan’ which is set to transform the town centre with major improvements for the future. When all the pieces are put into place, the alternative route will help to reconnect the old and new parts of the town and create a strong mix of shopping, leisure and employment activities.

 

Phase 2 Construction Works

Construction works for Phase 4 of the Alternative Route along Suffield Road and Queen Alexandra Road commenced in October 2018.

The main work involved replacing the existing road and pavements with the new narrower road and wider pavements in the same style of Westbourne Street and Desborough Road. Works included new street lights, tree pits, bus stops and rearrangement of parking bays. Trees pits will be planted along the route in the autumn 2018.

Alternative Route general arrangement plan

 

Changes to parking on Suffield Road and Queen Alexandra Road

Please be aware that from the October 2017 Buckinghamshire County Council has removed the car parking on Suffield Road between Rutland Street and Loakes Road, marking the beginning of the planned changes to the parking arrangements in the area. As part of the consultation, we advised local residents, businesses and stakeholders that the new link road and accesses to the approved residential development required the removal of the entire parking bay shown in the picture below. The remaining bays in the area have now been reconstructed onto both sides of Queen Alexandra Road.

Suffield Road parking removal

 

Suffield Road from Rutland Street through Queen Alexandra Road to Abbey Way Gyratory is now classed as a Restricted Parking Zone. In order to allow traffic to flow better in the future once the new link road is built parking is prohibited along the route unless the vehicle is parked in a designated marked bay. All vehicles parked illegally or not displaying a valid parking ticket or permit on their dashboard will receive a parking fine. Restricted Parking Zone signs have been put up since construction to inform residents and road users of the changes.

 

Phase 4 Information

Phase 3 & 4 Pre Consultation Brochure (January 2017)

Alternative Route plan

10. Phase 5 - Queen Victoria Road / Easton Street Junction

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Where:

High Wycombe

When:

Phase 5 construction works are expected to start from April 2018 and continue until June 2019

Status:

Commencing Construction

Summary:

Changes to the Queen Victoria Road & Easton Street junction and road layout

Developer:

Wycombe District Council, Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, Local Growth Fund and Buckinghamshire County Council

Contact:

01296 382416

hitmailbox@buckscc.gov.uk

       

       

About the project

The Queen Victoria Road / Easton Street junction is part of an ambitious, long-term project, known as a 'Masterplan'. This is set to transform the town centre with major improvements for the future.

When all the pieces are put into place, the masterplan will help to regenerate High Wycombe town centre.

The proposals were given to the leader of the council prior to construction in 2018, you can now view their decision

 

2-way switchover of Queen Victoria Road and Easton Street

On Wednesday 29 May, Queen Victoria Road and Easton Street reverted back to two-way. We ask that road users take extra care when travelling through the town centre, and that pedestrians make sure to look both ways when crossing the road.

The new arrangement allows road users to travel straight on and make left turns at:

  • Queen Victoria Road 
  • Easton Street 
  • High Street 
  • Crendon Street junction,

This prohibits right turns from Queen Victoria Road into Easton Street. The Easton Street / Abbey Way junction has been configured to allow road users to access Easton Street from Abbey Way.

Illustrations of the movements that motorists can make can be found below.

 

Queen Victoria / Easton Street / Crendon Street / High Street Junction

Queen Victoria Road/ Easton Street arrangement

  • Road users can go straight on and left on each arm of the junction
  • No right turn from Queen Victoria Road onto Easton Street
  • New southbound lane on Queen Victoria Road
  • New westbound lane on Easton Street

 

Easton Street / Abbey Way Junction

Easton Street/ Abbey Way arrangement

  • Road users can turn into Easton Street from either direction
  • New westbound lane on Easton Street
  • Road users accessing London Road to use the Easton Street service road, as they do currently

 

Aims of the project

To increase the capacity of Easton Street and Queen Victoria Road, we've:

  • added a signalised junction (replacing the limited movements junction)
  • formalised pedestrian crossing points

The junction modifications help move traffic away from the A40 corridor. Southbound traffic can now avoid Easton Street when travelling from Crendon Street to Abbey Way Gyratory. This enables all traffic to flow two-way on Easton Street.

 

Design features of the new route

  • Two-way traffic along Queen Victoria Road & Easton Street reducing journey times
  • Two “straight-ahead” northbound lanes on Queen Victoria Road, relieving pressure from Abbey Way Gyratory. These lanes merge into one lane on Crendon Street
  • Right turns prohibited on all arms of the Queen Victoria Road / High Street / Easton Street junction to improve safety, reduce queues and improve journey times
  • Vehicle entrances to Law Court and District Council offices have been reversed
  • Left and right turns permitted from the A40 Abbey Way onto Easton Street
  • New, more efficient columns and lanterns in keeping with the Masterplan specification (road names etched into a number of columns along Queen Victoria Road and Easton Street)

 

Facilities for pedestrians

  • Signalised pedestrian crossing points remain on Queen Victoria Road and Crendon Street
  • New signalised pedestrian crossing points across High Street and Easton Street at the junction with Queen Victoria Road
  • New informal pedestrian crossing point across Easton Street near the Magistrates Court, and an extended central median along the southern end of Queen Victoria Road near the Police Station.

 

Disabled users

We have made sure that our street design caters to all users.

We have made sure that kerbs, surfaces, tactile paving at crossing points, and colour contrasting materials are used to help less able users navigate their way through the space.

All existing signalised pedestrian crossings remain.

 

Previous consultation documents

Consultation 2017 brochure
Banner No.2 - Queen Victoria Road / Easton Street / Abbey Way junctions
Banner No.4 - Design Features

 

Feedback 

If you have any queries or would like to make any comments:

Email: hitmailbox@buckscc.gov.uk 

Or contact us by post: 

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11. Phase 6 - Cressex Link Road

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Overview

Where:

High Wycombe

When:

Construction started on 21 January 2019 and was completed on 11 June

Status:

Construction works complete, the junction is now open

Summary:

Enhance the Cressex Road, Cressex Link Road, Coronation Road crossroads to improve traffic flows in the area. The scheme forms part of a wider strategy called the Southern Quadrant Transport Strategy (SQTS)

Developer:

Wycombe District Council, Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, and Buckinghamshire County Council

Contact:

01296 382416 or hitmailbox@buckscc.gov.uk

Project update - 11 June 2019

Following a successful test of the traffic signals controller at the junction of the morning of the 11 June, the junction is now fully open and all forms of Traffic Management have been removed. The closure along the western side of Cressex Road has been lifted and road users can now turn left onto Coronation Road and Cressex Link Road at the junction.

About the proposal

A public consultation was held on 2 March to 6 April 2018 to discuss the proposed changes to the junction.

  • traffic signals will be reset to allow a more dominant North - South flow
  • puffin crossings will be used at the Cressex Road, Cressex Link Road and Coronation Road. This is to create safe places for pedestrians 
  • motorists will only be able to turn left from Cressex Road onto Coronation Road, and from Cressex Road onto Cressex Link Road
  • a new Traffic Regulation Order will be introduced stopping vehicles that are larger than 7.5t from using Cressex Road

The decision

The proposals were given to the leader of the council on 15 June 2018, you can now view the decision. 

Proposal documents

Junction design
Transport Consultation 2018
Banner 1 (Junction)
Banner 2 (Junction)

  

FAQ

It is very important to improve the junction in order to improve peak time journey times to and from Cressex Business Park.

The 216 businesses across the Business Park together employ 4869 people (6% of employees in the district). They also contribute a Gross Value Added figure of £331m a year (6% of GVA in the district).

Yes.

The proposed changes to the junction will offer a better flow through the junction, especially during peak periods. This improvement is a small element of a larger picture around Cressex to improve traffic flows.

Potential future schemes within the area are being investigated. However, these are not being consulted upon as part of the current process.

Left turns will allow drivers travelling along Cressex Road, onto Cressex Link Road or Coronation Road. Providing more direct routes to the Business Park and the M40.

In order to divert traffic away from residential areas, the project seeks to discourage motorists from using Cressex Road. This will ease congestion at the Cressex Link Road roundabout on the A4010.

 

Feedback

If you have any queries contact us by email or post.

Email: hitmailbox@buckscc.gov.uk

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12. Roadworks and road closures

 

Where:

High Wycombe Town Centre Masterplan

When:

See individual project pages for dates

Status:

Current planned roadworks and road closures

Summary:

Road closures required as part of the High Wycombe town centre masterplan construction see individual project pages for more details

Developer:

See individual project pages for more details

Contact:

01296 382416
hitmailbox@buckscc.gov.uk
@buckscc #hwtcmp
See individual project and information pages above for more details

For more details about these closures and others in the area which are not delivered as part of the HWTCMP please visit the Roadworks.org website. Here you can set up roadwork alerts direct to your email address.

The following live and planned roadworks and road closures are necessary for the completion of works delivered as part of the High Wycombe Town Centre Masterplan. As future schemes are progressed we will add new roadworks notices below.

 

Alternative route phase 3 construction works

There are a number of utility diversions (gas, water, electricity and telephone) which are needed for the delivery of the Alternative Route Phase 3 scheme, and BCC is undertaking these together with the main works. Inland Homes plc also need utility diversions to be undertaken for their development and the BCC project team are working collaboratively with them and the utility companies to minimise the cost and impact on road users, local residents and key stakeholders. 

 

 

Bridleway footpath closure between Lily's Walk and Suffield Road

Please note that the bridleway between Lily's Walk and Suffield Road was closed on 16 July 2018 until further notice.

The private developer, Inland Homes, was granted a temporary bridleway closure order after the application was submitted to rights of way on the 5 March 2018. 

 

Alternative route phase 4 construction works

Buckinghamshire County Council HWTCMP Roadspace Permit Numbers:
Queen Alexandra Road - 35003364
Suffield Road - 35003365

 

Rutland Street (North) between Wendover Street and Desborough Road

Please note that Rutland Street will continue to remain closed to traffic until further notice following an approved request by the developer Inland Homes plc to use the section of Rutland Street between Castle House and the former Buckingham House site. The western side footpath will remain open to pedestrians throughout the extended closure.

 

Planned traffic management for phase 4 construction works

The road is now substantially complete pending a Road Safety Audit Stage 3 due to be undertaken this summer. Any further works beyond the planned completion will be notified to the public at the earliest opportunity.

View our simplified Construction Phasing Plan for the Phase 4 roadworks.

 

 

 

13. Parking

 

Where:

High Wycombe Town Centre

When:

See individual project pages for dates

Status:

Ongoing

Summary:

Car parking changes to the High Wycombe town centre as construction progress. See individual project pages for more details.

Developer:

See individual project pages for more details.

Contact:

01296 382416
hitmailbox@buckscc.gov.uk
@buckscc #hwtcmp
See individual project and information pages above for more details.

Car parking advice

During the next construction phases in the town centre, we are encouraging people to plan their journeys in advance as the works take place. Please consider using alternative modes of transport, car parks and on-street parking in and around the town centre. For example:

  • Those travelling from the north are advised to use the Dovecot / Sainsbury's car park and access the Eden Centre via Oxford Road
  • Those travelling from the west are advised to use car parks at Dovecot /Sainsbury’s, East Richardson Street and West End Road, as well as the Eden Centre via Oxford Road.
  • Those travelling from the east are advised to use Eden Centre via the Flyover, Easton Street and Railway Place car parks.
  • High Wycombe Town Centre parking map. Please be aware that parking charges and travel ticket prices provided in the map are subject to change at any time by the respective parking authority and/or service providers and not the responsibility of the HWTCMP project team

 

Wycombe District Council parking

Please note there are also Wycombe District Council car parking changes in High Wycombe from February 2017. For more information see Parking is changing

Baker Street and George Street car parks are now closed due to development. You can view the plans and proposals for the sites below.

 

Disabled parking

There are 8 new and improved disabled bays near the pedestrian entrance to the Eden Shopping Centre. There is also a taxi bay and 3 Shop Mobility bays for Shop Mobility Permit Holders only on Desborough Road.

 

Planned reduction to Suffield Road parking

From October 2017 the existing on-street car parking on Suffield Road between Rutland Street and Loakes Road has been reduced. This marked the beginning of the planned changes to the parking arrangements in the area. Any non-authorised vehicles that park within the removed bays are liable to receive a parking Penalty Charge Notice (PCN).

As part of the consultation in January 2017, we advised local residents, businesses and stakeholders that the new link road and access to the approved residential development will require the removal of the entire parking bay shown above.

We will be reconstructing the remaining available bays onto both sides of Queen Alexandra Road reopening them as we complete improvement to this area.

The scheme will be managed under a phased Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) covering the removal of the existing bays along Suffield Road and the construction of the new bays along the northern side of Queen Alexandra Road. This will also cover the creation of two new bus stop bays outside Bucks New University and Office Outlet.

Once the Alternative Route scheme is completed, a TRO will be in place along the entire route from the A40 at Westbourne Street to the entrance of Queen Alexandra Road at the bottom of Marlow Hill by Wycombe Hospital.

 

Changes to parking on Suffield Road and Queen Alexandra Road

We are aware that the removal of the parking bays on Suffield Road is a concern for many parents of school pupils and local residents and that parking in other areas will impact people's journey times.

The changes are necessary to ensure the road layout becomes an integral part of the High Wycombe road network. Construction work on the old Gas Works site will deliver both a new mixed-use retail and residential development and a new link road to tie into the existing street network in High Wycombe. This link road is a key component of the many changes for High Wycombe in the years ahead and it remains crucial to meeting future needs of the town centre.

Officers at both Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC) and Wycombe District Council (WDC) have looked in depth at the design of the new link road and the rest of the alternative route, and carefully considered the relationship between it and both the existing and new residential properties. Although we appreciate that it will inconvenience some residents and visitors to the town centre, we have concluded that the removal of the current on-street parking south-east of Rutland Street must change.

As a result, the previous 32 parking bays in the area have now been reduced to 19 as shown in this section of the alternative route.

Although on-street parking will be reduced in this area as a result of these roadworks, existing on-street parking options will remain further east on Queen Alexandra Road towards the hospital as well the surrounding streets such as:

  • Suffield Road beyond Rutland Street
  • Wendover Street
  • West End Street

The car parks at Desborough Road and Eden also remain close by for some users. 

The scheme seeks to ensure the safety of pedestrians at the Loakes Road School and Hospital zebra crossings. This scheme protects the zebra crossing at Loakes Road and includes a ban on right turns to and from Loakes Road to reduce vehicle and pedestrian conflicts. The new central median will incorporate low-level landscaping and lighting features to better emphasise and protect the crossing and also provide a refuge to more vulnerable road users crossing the road. As traffic grows in this area these changes are important to ensure safety.

We have been working with High Wycombe Church of England Combined School to make sure that all parents are aware of the changes coming to the area. This includes the parking changes and the parking options that will remain, both during construction and afterwardsWe will continue to work with the school to give parents the best information as work progresses from the summer.

We have a duty to promote sustainable travel countywide and works with all schools to help develop their STP. Parents are reminded that the school has an active School Travel Plan (STP) which requests parents to plan their journeys. Use Park and Stride wherever possible to avoid parking near Loakes Road at peak times. Reduce single occupancy car use on the school journey wherever possible.

The planned roadworks will not prevent access to Loakes Road for those who park on the school playground. Please expect delays as works are being undertaken.

Find out more about school travel planning: 

We will continue to work closely with the school and local community regarding access in the build-up to construction work so the school can advertise key information on their website.