Strategic Economic Plan (SEP)
The Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) aims to deliver increased prosperity and jobs for Buckinghamshire. The plan uses available funds to focus on:
- better transport connectivity
- helping businesses to grow faster
- bringing business and education together
Submitting the plan
In March 2014, Buckinghamshire County Council submitted its SEP to the Department for Transport's Growing Places Fund. This was done in partnership with Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BLEP). This submission identified many transport and economic development priorities for Buckinghamshire in the future.
The SEP is funded by a total Local Growth Fund of £26 million plus a loan facility of £19 million. This funding will help generate, an extra £2 billion of Gross Value Added (GVA) growth, over 11,000 new jobs, and over 4,000 new homes for Buckinghamshire.
SEP transport schemes
Buckinghamshire County Council is delivering the following SEP transport schemes:
Eastern Link Road (South)
The Stocklake Link Road (SLR) urban, delivered by Buckinghamshire County Council, was completed in June 2016.
Stocklake Link Road (Urban)
The Eastern Link Road (ELR) southern, will be delivered as part of the proposed Aylesbury Woodlands development. A planning application, on the Aylesbury Woodlands site, was submitted by Buckinghamshire Advantage in March 2016. The application is in the planning process with a determination expected in late 2016. Should the proposal be successful then it will be completed by January 2021.
Stocklake Link Road (rural section) and the Eastern Link Road (northern section)
The SLR urban and ELR southern transport infrastructure projects are complimented by the:
- Stocklake Link Road (rural section)
- Eastern Link Road (northern section)
These are being constructed by Barratt homes as part of their planning permission on the Land East of Aylesbury site. This also includes the Oakfield Road/ Douglas Road junction improvement as well as a new junction on the A418 to access the ELR. These works are on site as of January 2016 and will complete no later than January 2021.
The four new roads will provide the key highway infrastructure to enable growth in the east of Aylesbury.
High Wycombe Town Centre Masterplan
The High Wycombe Town Centre Masterplan will strengthen the role of High Wycombe Town Centre as the focus for employment, shopping and leisure activities in the District. A key part of this is an alternative route around the town centre. This route will link A404 Marlow Hill to the A40 West Wycombe Road.
Sustainable transport schemes
The Local Growth Fund granted capital funding to the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The aim is to encourage sustainable travel to train stations which are due to face increased demand. Three key areas were identified as target locations due to having new or upgraded rail services/stations in the coming years. The hope, is that this will encourage a shift in behaviour towards sustainable travel.
The scheme aims to create a safe cycling and walking route along the A413 between Winslow and Buckingham. This will connect to existing and planned infrastructure, and link to the new rail station at Winslow.
Sustainable Transport Links to CrossRail Stations in Taplow (linking Slough & Maidenhead) & Iver
The scheme aims to create a safe cycling and walking route along the A4, between Maidenhead and Slough. This will connect to existing and proposed cycle networks, and Taplow Rail Station.
The scheme aims to minimise the impact of increased patronage at Iver Station (due to CrossRail). It will do this by improving multi-modal connectivity and providing a cycleway between Iver Village and Iver station. This will help to ease congestion growth as well as local parking issues.
A355 Improvement Scheme
The A355 provides the main north-south route through the South Bucks District.
It connects Amersham and the A413 in the north to the M40 and on to Slough in the south. As a result it accommodates high volumes of traffic. The improvements will reduce congestion and improve journey times on this key connection to the M40.