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High Wycombe Scheme overview

1. High Wycombe scheme overview

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 382416
hitmailbox@buckscc.gov.uk

Important travel and parking information to residents, businesses, visitors and shoppers visiting High Wycombe during the construction works we will available via the links below.

 

 

View current and planned road closures as part of the High Wycombe Town Centre Masterplan.


View current and planned car parking changes in High Wycombe Town Centre during construction works.

Local residents and visitors to High Wycombe town centre will experience delays whilst road works are ongoing. We apologies in advance for any inconvenience these delays may cause. We have opted to arrange much of the works under traffic lights in lieu of a 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 County Council, Wycombe District Council and Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership with funding secured from the Local Growth Fund. The implementation of the High Wycombe Town Centre Masterplan will strengthen the role of the Town Centre as the focus for employment, shopping and leisure activities in the District. A key component 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 and is able to respond to economic change and the shopping and leisure aspirations of visitors.

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 and Gas Works Link (now named Suffield Hill). Planning permission for these roads was obtained in late 2013 from Buckinghamshire County Council.

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

Regarding the new development opposite Eden Shopping Centre and Bucks New University, on 2nd December 2016, Wycombe District Council granted planning permission (ref 15/08002FULEA) for the redevelopment of the former Gas Works site, High Wycombe for a mixed use development comprising 239 residential dwellings and approximately 1,400 sqm of commercial floorspace. The developer Inland Homes plc will deliver the Suffield Hill link road as part of their agreed Section 106 and Section 73A Community Infrastructure agreements. The link will then be become adopted highway by Buckinghamshire County Council through a Section 38 & Section 278 agreement

Design philosophy

The alternative route has been designed using current guidance from the Department for Transport on proven techniques for urban design which create naturally low speeds (without needing Police enforcement). This approach also helps smooth traffic flow at a lower speed, reducing stop-start delays and pollution effects, and improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists, whilst paving the way for new development and improvements across the town. The scheme has been the subject of Road Safety Audit by a team independent of the designers, to identify any road safety concerns – for motor vehicle users, pedestrians and cyclists. All of the issues they 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, to identify any problems that need to be addressed.

The masterplan will take pressure off the Abbey Way Flyover, after recent maintenance extended its life by between 15 and 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 we were making improvements to Westbourne Street we put in new measures that will give us the option to bring the river back to the surface to flow alongside the A40 and 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, 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. Key Features of the new Alternative route include:

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 also aid reducing the speed of traffic within the lanes and provide a highlighted area for the attention of drivers where pedestrians are likely to cross. Formal crossings will be retained 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

In order to free the alternative route from stop-start traffic as much as possible, we have designed non-signalised junctions along the route. This will help achieve a slow but steady flow of traffic through the town.

 

Lighting

New energy efficient LED Lighting columns, some incorporating street names, will be used throughout the alternative route providing improved lighting conditions with reduced energy costs and maintenance requirements.

 

Disabled Users

We made sure that our street design caters for all users making sure that kerbs, surface levels, trim details at the back of the footway, tactile paving and colour contrasting materials are used to help less able users navigate their way through the space.

 

Aims of the Route

Why do we need the alternative route? Creating the alternative route is vital to reducing and rerouting traffic in the town centre to help create better spaces for people to enjoy. This will make High Wycombe more attractive and it paves the way for regeneration and could 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 alternative route is designed to achieve two main things: reroute traffic from the A40 away from the town centre and the flyover and is designed to encourage steady movement of traffic along its route. The route has no traffic lights, no signs and lines and is designed to facilitate the movement of pedestrians and cyclists as well as road users.

When will it be constructed? For how long?

Phase one of the route was constructed in 2015 at Westbourne Street junction with the A40. Phase two is currently underway and it is anticipated will be on site until August 2017. Suffield Hill (Phase 3) and Phase 4 will be delivered by Inland Home plc and Buckinghamshire County Council respectively.

Phase 4 is planned to start earlier in autumn 2017 completing in spring 2018, with Phase 3 commencing in autumn 2018 until spring 2019 subject to written agreements in place.

Remaining scheme timelines for the rest of the Masterplan will also be announced in due course.

Will the roads be closed? Will traffic be diverted?

Each scheme will have different circumstances and impacts. But all schemes will be constructed using various sets of temporary traffic lights and temporary road closures as the work is completed. We will be telling people in advance of the next stages of the work as it progresses along the route. Roads will only be closed for a short period of time during the works and there will be only occasional night time closures where this is necessary to achieve the works. There will be various diversions in place when necessary and we will be telling people in advance of the diversions as the work 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 and is designed to enable vehicles of all sizes to run in the 3m running lanes at steady speeds. The design features pedestrian elements too such as central medians and informal crossing points that help people cross the road. 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 and we want to ensure that this traffic is travelling at a slow and steady speed, without stop-start queuing and that the alternative route is encourages people to walk along it as well as vehicles on the road.

 

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 to 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 once the scheme is completed. Traffic Regulation orders will feature along the whole length of the route so only parking in the bays provided will be permitted. The scheme will also close West End Road permanently to limit vehicle movements in that area. Therefore access to the Wycombe District car park adjacent 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 the local bus companies and seeking to divert existing routes for a limited time when necessary for the individual projects as they happen.

 

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. The disruption will be worst when there are lane closures and full road closures which we are seeking to minimise keep to night time works wherever possible. We will be seeking to inform people about any temporary traffic lights or diversions in the area via the press and local bulletins throughout the works to help people plan and minimise the disruption.

Night time working will be kept to a minimum but at times there will be a need to employ two shifts of contractors, therefore 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 Manager will liaise with the local community throughout the works
  • BCC will also seek to keep people informed through website updates and regular bulletins. If you would like to receive our bulletins (see individual projects)
     

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 382416. If you would like to receive our bulletins (see individual projects)

 

How are the works being managed and monitored?

The works are being delivered by Buckinghamshire County Council as the Highways Authority. 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 Alternative Route scheme 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

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, with 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. Alternative Route Phase 2

Scheme overview

Where:

High Wycombe

When:

Phase 2 construction is now complete. 

Status:

Completed July 2017

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. 

Phase 2 Construction Works

Construction works for Phase 2 of the Alternative Route along Westbourne Street and Desborough road commenced in September 2016, with contractors constructing additional on street parking bays along Desborough Road, west of the Westbourne Street junction.

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. Works included new street lights, tree pits, bus stops, rearrangement of parking bays and reconfiguration of the traffic flow onto Westbourne Street from Desborough Road. Trees will be planted along the route in the Autumn.

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. Suffield Hill Phase 3

Scheme overview

Where:

Old Gas Works Site, High Wycombe

When:

Construction Aug 2018 to Feb 2019

Status:

Detailed Design

Summary:

Construction of a new link road through the old Gas Works Site – the road is being constructed by Inland Homes alongside their new residential development

Developer:

Inland Homes plc

Contact:

01494 762450

Project Manager - Russell Ayres (Inland Homes plc) from November 2017

About the project

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. 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.

View current and planned road closures as part of the High Wycombe Town Centre Masterplan.

View current and planned car parking changes in High Wycombe Town Centre during construction works.

New Link Road

The new link road named Suffield Hill will be constructed by Inland Homes plc as part of their commitment and agreements with Buckinghamshire County Council and Wycombe District Council to build on the old Gas Works site.

We are currently working together with Inland Homes plc and Wycombe District Council on the finalised construction plan which will be posted on this website in due course. The construction works for the development site is planned to begin from this Summer subject to planning conditions and infrastructure agreements.

The new link road is estimated to begin construction from Autumn 2018 until March 2019.

Consultation

The public consultation period for the Alternative Route Phase 3 is now closed having run between 20 January and 17 February 2017.  During this time we engaged with key stakeholders and members of the public to highlight key design features and restrictions as part of the construction project, taking the opportunity to fine tune some elements of the design planned to be constructed later this year.

Changes to Parking on Suffield Road

We are aware that the removal of the parking bays on Suffield Road is a major concern to many visitors and local residents and that parking in other areas will result in an increase to people’s journey times.

The proposed 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 is required.

As a result up to 17 parking bays in this area will be removed once the new link road a Phase 4 works are finally completed.

Current vs proposed parking arrangements on Suffield Road

Although on street parking will be reduced in this particular area as a result of these works, existing on street parking options will remain further east on Queen Alexandra Road as well the surrounding streets such Suffield Road beyond Rutland Street, Wendover Street and West End Street. The car parks at Desborough Road and Eden also remain close by for some users.

Further investigations into parking loss mitigation is still underway by the Project Team. Updates to follow.

9. Alternative Route Phase 4

Scheme overview

Where:

Suffield Road & Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe

When:

Phase 4 works are now underway from 23 October 2017 and will continue until July 2018

Status:

Construction works undertaken by Eurovia Contracting

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

 

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You can also view previous bulletins for the HWTCMP.

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.

View planned roadworks and road closures as part of the High Wycombe Town Centre Masterplan and wider Buckinghamshire area.

View current and planned car parking changes in High Wycombe Town Centre during construction works.

Consultation

The public consultation period for the Alternative Route Phase 4 is now closed having run between 20 January and 17 February 2017.  During this time we engaged with stakeholders and members of the public to highlight key design features and restrictions as part of the construction project, taking the opportunity to fine tune some elements of the design planned to be constructed.

What's happening next?

Buckinghamshire County Council will deliver the next phases of construction work on Suffield Road and Queen Alexandra Road from October 2017 until July 2018. We have now awarded the construction contract to Eurovia Contracting who will complete the works.

Site Emergency Contact Details

Eurovia Contracting Tel: 07809 513720

Email: hwtcmp-phase4@eurovia.co.uk 

Buckinghamshire County Council Tel: 01296 382416

Phase 4 Public Liaison Officer

Julie Cartwright

Public Liaison Officer

Eurovia Contracting

Email: julie.cartwright@eurovia.co.uk

Tel: 07841 367787

Julie is the first point of contact for local residents, businesses and stakeholders with any questions or concerns regarding the ongoing improvement works until we finish in July 2018.

Access to the school, residential properties, university, hospital and emergency vehicles during roadworks

We would like to reassure you that access to all the stakeholders will be maintained at all times during the roadworks. On site our traffic management team will ensure that all emergency vehicles have priority access to and from the hospital where necessary. For all stakeholders in the area affected by the road works we will ensure they have access to frontages including visitors and deliveries throughout the works whilst we reconstruct areas of the carriageway and footway next to the individual roads and access points.

We advise all local road users and visitors to the area to plan their journeys accordingly, and to expect some disruption and additional queuing when travelling through this section of High Wycombe especially during the AM and PM peak times throughout the duration of the works from late October through to summer 2018. Please contact our Public Liaison Officer directly (details above) if you have any issues or concerns about your access ahead of the next phases of the work.

Planned reduction to Suffield Road

Please be aware that from the 9th October Buckinghamshire County Council has reduced 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. Parking suspension notices have been put up since the 2nd October to inform residents and road users of impending changes. Any non-authorised vehicles parked within the bay after the 9th October will 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 accesses to the approved residential development being built by Inland Homes plc will require the removal of the entire parking bay shown in the pictures above. As we progress through the scheme we will be reconstructing the remaining available bays onto both sides of Queen Alexandra Road reopening them as we complete each section.

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

Scheme overview

Where:

High Wycombe

When:

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

Status:

Detailed Design & Consultation

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

Phase 5 – improvements to the Queen Victoria Road / Easton Street junction 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 Masterplan will help to regenerate High Wycombe town centre.

Consultation

The public consultation period for the Phase 5 Queen Victoria Road / Easton Street will take place between 22 November 2017 – 12 January 2018.

We will be hosting a public consultation event along Wycombe High Street outside the Guild Hall on Friday 24 November and Saturday 25 November between the hours of 10:00 – 15:00

The consultation period we will engage with stakeholders and members of the public to highlight key design features and restrictions as part of the construction project, taking the opportunity to fine tune some elements of the design planned to be constructed April 2018 onwards.

Documents

You can view a plan of the project.

Aims of the Project

  • To increase the network capacity of the Easton Street / QVR junction by replacing the limited movements junction with a revised signalised junction with formal pedestrian crossing points. This new junction will not be an all movements junction as many; if not all of the 4 right turns remain banned, depending upon the outcome of modelling and people’s views during consultation.
  • The junction modifications will enable traffic distribution away from the A40 corridor by allowing southbound traffic to avoid Easton Street when travelling from Crendon Street to Abbey Way Gyratory and by enabling all traffic to flow 2-way on Easton Street. This will improve journey times from Crendon Street to Marlow Hill.

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 will merge into one lane on Crendon Street
  • Right turns will be 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 will be reversed
  • Left and right turns will be permitted from the A40 Abbey Way onto Easton Street
  • To replace current street lighting with new, more efficient columns and lanterns in keeping with the Masterplan specification (with road names etched into each column)

Facilities for Pedestrians

  • Signalised pedestrian crossing points remain on Queen Victoria Road & Crendon Street,
  • New signalised pedestrian crossing points across High Street & Easton Street at the junction with Queen Victoria Road
  • New informal pedestrian crossing points across Queen Victoria Road near the Police Station, and Easton Street near the Magistrates Court
  • Option to include a new pedestrian footway through Library Gardens or reduce the width of the footway outside the Royal Mail Sorting office. Further detail on these options can be found elsewhere in the brochure

Disabled Users

  • We have made sure that our street design caters for all users making 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 will remain

Footway through Library Gardens

Due to the fact Queen Victoria Road is becoming 2-way the road has to be widened for safety reasons, which means the footway has to be narrowed. Although the footway outside the Royal Mail sorting officer on the east side of the road is very wide, there are services and utilities beneath the footway; these are very expensive to move. If we take space from the footway on the west side of the road, between the road and the Library Gardens, the remaining footway will be narrow. We think there are two different ways to deal with this, with more information listed below:

Option 1

 Option 1

Pros

  • Allow residents and visitors of High Wycombe to appreciate the planting by walking through the garden
  • The least expensive of the options by approx. £400,000 by not having to raise the level of the road
  • Allow people to walk further away from the traffic
  • No need to alter the depth of utilities and other services, shortening the programme by approx. 3weeks

Cons

  • Allowing people into the gardens may lead to people not respecting and damaging the plants
  • Could encourage people to sit on the grass in the gardens causing possible damage
  • Some grass area will be lost to footpath
  • The footway on the west side of the road will be quite narrow at 1.2 meters

Option 2

Pros

  • No change to the Library Gardens
  • This option will not affect access to adjacent buildings

Cons

  • Increased disruption to traffic and pedestrians due to the increased construction time to increase the depth of the road and footway
  • Most expensive of the 2 options increasing costs by approximately £400,000
  • Footway on the western side of Queen Victoria Road will be 1.8m

 

As required by s121(2) of the Charities Act 2011 the Council hereby gives notice that it is considering providing a path through the land known as the ornamental gardens  having a frontage on the north of 24 feet or thereabouts to High Street, High Wycombe and land having a frontage on the east of 47 feet or thereabouts to Queen Victoria Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. If the Council chooses to proceed with this option, the gardens including the new path would continue to be held in trust.   

The Council will not be taking a decision on this until we hear from you. Comments can be made by email: hitmailbox@buckscc.gov.uk or by post: Highways Infrastructure Projects, 7th Floor, County Hall, Walton Street, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP20 1UA by 12 January 2018.

Feedback 

We would like to hear your feedback on the proposed Queen Victoria Road / Easton Street road improvements scheme. The information you provide will be used by Buckinghamshire County Council for the purpose of consultation only. It will not be used in a manner which will allow identification of your personal information or be shared with any third parties.

Please provide feedback

11. Phase 6 - Cressex Link Road

Scheme overview

Where:

High Wycombe

When:

Phase 6 works are expected to start from early Spring 2018 and last approximately 4 months

Status:

Detailed Design

Summary:

to enhance the Cressex Road / Cressex Link Road / Coronation Road crossroads to improve traffic flows in the area

Developer:

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

Contact:

01296 382416

hitmailbox@buckscc.gov.uk

About the project

Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC), Wycombe District Council (WDC) & The Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP) are looking to enhance the Cressex Road / Cressex Link Road / Coronation Road crossroads to improve traffic flows in the area.

There will also be a proposed cycle way along Cressex Road which will enhance facilities for cyclists

The above two schemes all form part of a wider strategy called the Southern Quadrant Transport Strategy (SQTS) 

Objectives of the scheme:

  • Improve vehicle flow exiting Cressex Business Park
  • Reduce the number of vehicles using Cressex Road by providing additional left turns eastbound into Coronation Road from Cressex Road and Westbound into  Cressex Link from Cressex Road
  • Opening the two left turns provides improved accessibility by re-routing traffic with more direct journeys for Cressex Business Park
  • Opening up the left turn from Cressex Road up Coronation Road will relieve pressure on the Cressex Road / New Road / John Hall Way junction
  • To reduce traffic volumes and delays at the A4010 / Turnpike Road Junction
  • Prohibit HGV’s on Cressex Road by introducing a weight limit
  • Improve facilities for cyclists using the Cressex Road

Please click here for the various design options

Consultation

The public consultation period for the Alternative Route Phase 5 will take place in November 2017. During this time we will engage with stakeholders and members of the public to highlight key design features and restrictions as part of the construction project, taking the opportunity to fine tune some elements of the design with construction commencing in early 2018.

Cressex – FAQ

Q1. Will it improve my journey to and from the business park? If so, by how much?

A1. In short, Yes. The options provided will provide a better flow through the junction; however this scheme does not have the scope to alter other existing junctions which may be causing queues during the peak times.

 

Q2. Why not open all movements at the junction, wont this ease congestion?

A2. As part of the overall SQTS, the project wants to 1) Discourage motorists from using the residential road Cressex Road. 2) Ease traffic levels at the Cressex Road / New Road / John Hall Way junction (west of the Cressex Road / Cressex Link Road junction).

 

Q3. Will I be able to park on Cressex Road?

A3. If the on-road cycle scheme is taken forward then on street parking will be prohibited along Cressex Road.

 

Q4. How is the 7.5t weight limit to be enforced?

A4. The 7.5t Weight Limit and Banned Right Turns will be enforced by Signage and backed up with a Traffic Regulation Order.

 

Q5. As a pedestrian can I cross the junction easier than now?

A5. The zebra crossings and signalised crossings will work in their usual way. There is the option of an all pedestrian phase under the signalised option. However this would have a further detrimental effect on the effectiveness of the junction.

 

Q6. Why have you allowed Left out from Cressex Road East & West?

A6. To encourage / allow drivers onto Cressex Link Road / Coronation Road, allowing motorists onto the Business Park / M40 quicker without having to use as many routes.

 

Q7. Why not allow left turn from Coronation Road?

A7. Not allowing the left turn from Coronation Road will discourage motorists from using the residential road Cressex Road.

 

Q8. Will these improvements just move the traffic jam further down the road?

A8. The Improvements are limited just to this junction, therefore during peak times (especially PM) the queues will still be present at the Cressex link Road / A4010 junction, there will however be a decrease in traffic numbers at the Cressex Road / New Road / John Hall Way junction.

 

Q9. Where does the Cycleway Link to and from?

A9. The cycleway will be an extension from the cycleway that runs along Cressex Link Road between the crossroads and the junction with the A4010. The cycleway will terminate at the junction with Marlow Road. Further cycleways and Toucan Crossings may be constructed along Marlow Hill from the Cressex Road roundabout, however this is only a County Council ambition and no funding has been secured yet.

 

Q10. You have shown three options, what is the Councils preferred option?

A10. Option 1 & 2 provide the biggest journey time saving along Cressex Link Road and Coronation Road (in and out of the business park). Consultation will provide us with a better understanding of the preferred option.

 

If you have any thoughts please email them to hitmailbox@buckscc.gov.uk

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 other in the area which are not delivered as part of the HWTCMP please visit the Roadworks.org website. Here you can setup road work 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 are 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.

Rutland Street

  • Lowering of existing electrical cabling on Suffield Road by Scottish & Southern Electricity (Works currently being planned)
  • Relocation of existing sub-station from Lily's Walk to Rutland street by Scottish & Southern Electricity (Works currently being planned)
  • Thames Water mains, surface and foul water drainage diversions (Works currently being planned)

Suffield Road

  • Lowering of existing gas services by Cadent Gas. As part of these works Cadent will need to temporarily close the access to Rutland Street from Suffield Road. (Works complete)
  • Lowering of fibre optic cables and removal of redundant cables and telephone poles by BT Openreach (Works due to complete 8 Dec)

Alternative Route Phase 4 Construction Works

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

Rutland Street (North) 

To deliver the Phase 4 scheme we will once again need to close Rutland Street between Desborough Road and Wendover Street from the 25 September until 27 July 2018. This is where we will keep the site compound and welfare facilities for the site team and contractor. As members of the Considerate Contractors Scheme Eurovia Contracting are aware of the potential noise and environmental impacts of the site compound located next to a residential area and will seek to minimise their impact and will be a good neighbour throughout the delivery of Phase 4.

There are a small number of utility diversions (gas, water, electricity and telephone) which are needed for the delivery of the Alternative Route Phase 4 scheme, and BCC are undertaking these together with the main works.

  • Electrical connection from Desborough Road for Phase 4 Site Compound on Rutland Street by Scottish & Southern Electricity (Works planned to start 3 January 2018)

Planned Traffic Management for Phase 4 Construction Works

View our simplified Construction Phasing Plan for the Phase 4 roadworks. To view the plans for the different traffic management layouts in more detail please click on the individual links below.

Phase 4 Overnight Road Closures - Queen Alexandra Road and Suffield Road

During the main construction works overnight road closures will be required on Queen Alexandra Road and Suffield Road to carry out the final road surfacing with diversions in place. These will take place in late spring 2018 and we would like to reiterate to all of our stakeholders that we are looking to construct this scheme without day time road closures subject to road conditions. View the planned extents of the overnight road closures. We will confirm the exact dates of the overnight closures due course.

Queen Victoria Road / Easton Street - Phase 5 Construction Works

Further information will be released once the scheme is approved following the completion of the consultation period in January 2018

13. Parking

Where:

High Wycombe Town Centre

When:

See individual project pages for dates

Status:

On going

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, such as considering using alternative modes of transport, car parks and on street parking in and around the town centre. For example:

  • Those travelling from the south of High Wycombe can use the Park and Ride service situated near the Handy Cross junction to help reduce traffic entering the town centre via Marlow Hill.
  • 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

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

Please note that Wycombe District Council have now closed Baker Street and George Street car parks ahead of their redevelopment. Links to the Wycombe District Council consultation pages for the Baker Street Renewal are below and include plans and proposals for the sites.

 

Disabled Parking

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 on Desborough Road.

Planned reduction to Suffield Road parking

Please be aware that from 9 October Buckinghamshire County Council begun the reduction of 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. Any non-authorised vehicles parked 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 accesses to the approved residential development will require the removal of the entire parking bay shown above. As we progress through the scheme we will be reconstructing the remaining available bays onto both sides of Queen Alexandra Road reopening them as we complete each section.  To deliver this scheme we will carry out the roadworks 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 Traffic Regulation Order (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 as concern by many parents of school pupils and local residents and that parking in other areas will impact people’s journey times.

The proposed 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 current 32 parking bays will reduced to 21 on this section once the Phase 4 works are completed. This change is shown on the plan below and shows that the new link road and the new development entrance will occupy the existing parking bay area marked as E1 and as a result this parking is removed. However existing parking bays E2 and E3 will be changed to P1, P2 and P3, where we have sought to maximise the available space for parking bays.

Although on street parking will be reduced in this area as a result of these works, existing on street parking options will remain further east on Queen Alexandra Road as well the surrounding streets such Suffield Road beyond Rutland Street, Wendover Street and West End Street. The car parks at Desborough Road and Eden also remain close by for some users. We will continue to identify parking mitigation options as we handover the design ready for construction and provide further updates to our stakeholders.

To allay concerns over the crossing points, 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.

The project team have been liaising with High Wycombe Church of England Combined School to ensure that all parents are aware of the changes coming to the area and that they are fully aware of all 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.

Buckinghamshire County Council has a duty to promote sustainable travel county wide 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 and to reduce single occupancy car use on the school journey wherever possible to encourage sustainable travel.

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

To find out more information and guidance about school travel planning and its successes please visit www.schooltravelplanning.com and www.modeshiftstars.org. 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.