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High Wycombe town centre masterplan

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.

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Last updated: 24 November 2017

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