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A40 London Road, High Wycombe to get £6.6m investment

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A40 London Road, High Wycombe. (Archive picture)

The A40 London Road in High Wycombe is to get a multi million pound improvement scheme to improve journey times, cut congestion and improve air quality.

The stretch of the A40 London Road from Abbey Way to the M40 junction at Loudwater will receive £6.6m of investment that will include improvements to junctions and pedestrian crossings, CCTV and state of the art technology to help traffic flow better, improvements to bus stops and bus lanes and better electronic signage.

Funding for the improvement has been secured following a successful bid by Buckinghamshire County Council to the Department for Transport’s National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF).

The NPIF funding totals £4.13m with the additional £2.5m coming from local transport funding. London Road was one of 76 schemes nationally to benefit from the NPIF fund announced by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling in October 2017.

Buckinghamshire County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Transportation, Mark Shaw, said the package of measures should bring noticeable improvements. ‘We all know how busy this stretch of road is, which is why the County Council was keen to bid for Government money to help sort things out.

Mark added: “This investment funding will do a great deal to make life better for our residents and businesses and, of course, for High Wycombe itself.

The works are due to start on Monday 3rd September 2018 and will focus on site set up, installation of ducting and other preparation for improved pedestrian crossings, enhanced links between traffic light junctions, and also for variable message information signs.

Disruption to traffic will be minimal as most of the initial work is confined to the pavements. Other works, including junction improvements, are expected to begin in 2019.

For further details about the improvements and scheme updates can be found at http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/A40LondonRoad.

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