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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 Spring 2019

Status:

Enabling works prior to proposed construction

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.

Timescales

Investigatory works on Queen Victoria Road, Easton Street, Crendon Street and on a small extent of Abbey Way by the Easton Street / London Road junction and the eastern end of the High Street commence on the 16th April. Using temporary traffic signals and lane closures, one lane at a time during off peak periods (09:30 – 15:30), contractors will check the location of utilities, undertake trial holes and jet existing drainage, ahead of a scheme expected to be formally agreed in the near future, to convert Queen Victoria Road and Easton Street into two-way roads and to improve traffic flows through the town centre.

These exploratory works are expected to take three weeks, finishing on the 04th May and the main construction work is expected to start in early summer and is expected to be finished in Spring 2019.

Documents

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

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

Feedback 

If you have any queries or would like to make any comments, please email: hitmailbox@buckscc.gov.uk or contact us by post: Highways Infrastructure Projects, 07th Floor, County Hall, Walton Street, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP20 1UA.

 

 

 

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Last updated: 17 April 2018

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