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.
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About the project
The High Wycombe Town Centre Masterplan is a partnership project between Buckinghamshire Council and Buckinghamshire 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.
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 (now Buckinghamshire Council).
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.
On the 2 December 2016, Wycombe District Council (now Buckinghamshire 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 Council through a Section 38 & Section 278 agreement
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
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 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.
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 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.
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.
We made sure that our street design caters for all users. We are doing this by including:
trim details at the back of the footway
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.
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 Council and 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.
BC 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 email@example.com or call us on 01296 38241.
How are the works being managed and monitored?
The works are being delivered by Buckinghamshire 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 Council and Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership with funding secured from the Local Growth Fund.
Installation of signalised Toucan crossing Inc. upgrades to connecting cycleways.
Buckinghamshire County Council
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 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 toucan 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.
Parapet protection, surfacing and sealing scheme aimed to improve public safety and to reduce water leakage.
Transport for Buckinghamshire
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.
To ensure that Frogmoor is made a more attractive and accessible area
Buckinghamshire County Council
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.
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.
If you have any queries please contact the Highways Infrastructure Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
About the project
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.
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 arrangements went according to plan with the aim for minimal disruption to all road users.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The new link road is named Suffield Hill and was constructed 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 was opened to traffic on 11 November 2019.
Right turn bans to and from Lily's Walk
As part of the planning requirements the new road layout includes a left in left out junction. This connects Suffield Hill to Desborough Road and allows traffic to flow smoothly through the alternative route. The new layout does mean that road users will no longer be able to directly access Desborough Road from Lily’s Walk due to the turning restrictions in place.
Road users wishing to travel to the west of High Wycombe town centre are recommended to travel along Queen Alexandra Road and Suffield Road through the new link road Suffield Hill to Desborough Road.
Changes to parking
From October 2017, the project removed on street car parking on Suffield Road between Rutland Street and Loakes Road. Restricted parking signs have been put up to inform residents and road users of the parking restrictions in place. The parking changes ensure the new road layout becomes an integral part of the High Wycombe road network in the future.
Any non-authorised vehicles not parked within signed bays will receive a parking Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) from Transport for Buckinghamshire.
The new link road across the former gas works site between Suffield Road and Desborough Road was issued planning permission in November 2013. Application Number: CC/22/13. View theBCC Development Control Committee portal.
The new housing development on the former gas works site was issued planning permission in December 2016. Application Number: 15/08002/FULEA. View theWDC Planning Portal.
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.
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 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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
Why is the junction being designed to benefit a North/South flow?
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).
Will the changes improve journey times to and from the Business Park?
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.
Why are left-hand turns from Cressex Road being introduced?
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.
Why will right-hand turns remain prohibited?
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.
If you have any queries contact us by email or post.
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 we are undertaking these together with the main works. Inland Homes plc also need utility diversions to be undertaken for their development and the 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.
High Wycombe Town Centre Masterplan road space 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.
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.
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
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
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 afterwards. We 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.
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.
14. Planters and central median features installation
We will be starting to remove the existing damaged planters, install central median features and associated works during night-time closures. The works will take place on:
A40 West Wycombe Road
A40 Oxford Road
Westbourne Street and Desborough Road, High Wycombe
The works will be carried out between 17 August 2020 and 11 September 2020 by our contractor Irvine Grenson Ltd.
They are part of the wider High Wycombe Town Centre Masterplan improvement scheme.
The works will take place late into the early hours with some inconvenience and disturbance expected to nearby residents.
Affected residents and businesses will be able to gain access to their properties as usual during the closures but minor delays may be encountered due to the diversion routes in place.
All other road users will be diverted accordingly via Desborough Avenue and A404 Marlow Hill as the most suitable route for all vehicles. However, Suffield Road and Queen Alexandra Road will continue to remain open to through traffic with access to the Hospital unaffected.
Affected bus stops will be temporarily closed and buses diverted.
Programme of works
Stage 1 - 17 August to 27 August 2020
Removal of the central medians planters only and minor carriageway repairs, followed by installation of the new central median features and kerb upstands.
6pm to 6am, A40 West Wycombe Road/Oxford Road from the Pastures to Brook Street.
Stage 2 - 28 August to 2 September 2020
Installation of new central median features and kerb upstands.
6pm to 6am, Westbourne Street from Brook Street and Lansdale Road.
Stage 3 - 3 September to 11 September 2020
Installation of new central median features and kerb upstands.
6pm to 6am, Desborough Road from Bridge Street to Suffield Hill.