High Wycombe town centre masterplan
10. Phase 5 - Queen Victoria Road / Easton Street Junction
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Phase 5 construction works are expected to start from April 2018 and continue until June 2019
Changes to the Queen Victoria Road & Easton Street junction and road layout
Wycombe District Council, Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, Local Growth Fund and Buckinghamshire County Council
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
- 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
- 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.
Previous consultation documents
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Last updated: 25 September 2020