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High Wycombe town centre masterplan

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 were reduced to 19 on this section once the Alternative Route works are completed.

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.

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Last updated: 18 April 2018

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