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High Wycombe town centre masterplan

7. Alternative Route Phase 2

Scheme overview


High Wycombe


Phase 2 construction is now complete. 


Completed July 2017


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


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


01296 382416

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


New Bridge St Junction

New Bridge St Junction

New lamp columns

New lines

New pedestrian crossing

New Taxi lines


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Last updated: 16 January 2018

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