Strategic Economic Plan (SEP)
In March 2014, Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP), in conjunction with Buckinghamshire County Council, submitted its Strategic Economic Plan to the Department for Transport’s Growing Places Fund. This submission identified a portfolio of transport and economic development priorities for Buckinghamshire over the coming years, to enable and support growth throughout the county.
The Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) aims to deliver increased prosperity and jobs for Buckinghamshire by putting any available funds to work, by focusing on better transport connectivity, helping businesses to grow faster, and bringing business and education together more fruitfully.
Collectively these projects, with a total Local Growth Fund of just £26m from the £2bn pot, plus a loan facility of £19m, will help generate an additional £2bn of GVA growth, over 11,000 new jobs, and over 4,000 new homes for Buckinghamshire.
Buckinghamshire County Council is delivering the following SEP transport schemes:
The Stocklake Link Road (urban section) is being delivered by Buckinghamshire County Council with works starting in January 2016 and due to complete by November 2016. The Eastern Link Road (southern section) will be delivered as part of the proposed Aylesbury Woodlands development. A planning application on the Aylesbury Woodlands site was submitted by Buckinghamshire Advantage in March 2016 and includes the ELRs as part of a comprehensive development of that area. The application is in the planning process with a determination expected later in 2016. Should the proposal be successful then the ELRs would be completed not later than January 2021.
The SLRu and ELRs transport infrastructure projects are complimented by the Stocklake Link Road (rural section) and the Eastern Link Road (northern section) being constructed by Barratt homes as part of their planning permission on the Land East of Aylesbury site. This also includes the Oakfield Road/ Douglas Road junction improvement as well as a new junction on the A418 to access the ELR. These works are on site as of January 2016 and will complete no later than January 2021.
Collectively the four new roads will provide the key highway infrastructure to enable growth in the east of Aylesbury.
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.
Sustainable Transport Schemes
The LEP was awarded capital funding from the Local Growth Fund for three key areas under the theme of ‘Access to Stations.’ The schemes aim to encourage sustainable travel to train stations which are due to face increased demand. Three key areas were identified as target locations due to having new or upgraded rail services/stations in the coming years. Encouraging a shift in behaviour towards sustainable travel modes prior to these improvements is essential to help minimise impact.
The scheme aims to create a safe cycling and walking route along the A413 between Winslow and Buckingham, connecting to existing and planned infrastructure, as well as linking to the new rail station at Winslow.
Sustainable Transport Links to CrossRail Stations in Taplow (linking Slough & Maidenhead) & Iver
The scheme aims to create a safe cycling and walking route along the A4 between Maidenhead and Slough, connecting to existing/proposed cycle networks and Taplow Rail Station.
The scheme aims to minimise the impact of increased patronage at Iver Station (due to CrossRail) by improving multi-modal connectivity, through providing a cycleway between Iver Village and Iver station. This will help to ease congestion growth as well as local parking issues.
The A355 provides the main north-south route through the South Bucks District, connecting Amersham and the A413 in the north to the M40 and on to Slough in the south. As a result it accommodates high volumes of traffic, comprising high proportions (up to 55%) of through traffic. The improvements will reduce congestion and improve journey times on this key connection to the M40.