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Road realignment preparation work at Abbey Barn Lane, High Wycombe to start on Monday 20th January 2020

| January 17, 2020
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Abbey Barn Lane junction with Kingsmead Road: proposed site for a roundabout. (Image supplied by Buckinghamshire County Council)

On Monday 20th January 2020 realignment preparation work is set to start at Abbey Barn Lane, High Wycombe.

The work will include early preparations to realign Abbey Barn Lane, High Wycombe as well as the creation of a new roundabout junction with Kingsmead Road.

The new 500 metre stretch will help the road network deal with increasing traffic and serve two new housing estates, one for 140 homes planned at the northern end and one for around 500 homes which is being built by Berkeley Homes further to the south.

A pinch point where the narrow Abbey Barn Lane crosses an old railway bridge and takes a sharp bend to an acute-angled junction will also be removed as a result of the planned works.

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Abbey Barn Lane acute-angled junction with Kingsmead Road. (Image supplied by Buckinghamshire County Council)

The investigation work by Galliford Try who are contractors to Buckinghamshire County Council is due to start on Monday 20th January 2020 and is expected to continue until the middle of February 2020. As a result of the investigation works boreholes will be drilled to check the geology and road foundations., There will also be surveys of utilities and drains in the area.

The planned project is at the preliminary design stage and the ground investigations were needed to enable designers and engineers to plan a road on one of Wycombe’s challenging steep slopes and minimise impact on the surrounding environment.

Once the ground investigation work results are known, the realignment route can be confirmed, detailed designs drawn up, public consultation arranged, and a planning application submitted around the end of the year.

While the work is being done, Abbey Barn Lane will be closed for two weekends from :

  • 8.00pm on Friday 7th February 2020 to 5.00am on Monday 10th February 2020.
  • 8.00pm on Friday 14th February 2020 to 5.00am on Monday 18th February 2020.

Mark Shaw, Deputy Leader and Transport Cabinet Member at Buckinghamshire County Council, said the County Council would co-ordinate the investigations by Galliford Try with other work being done by Berkeley Homes and dovetail them with litter picking by Wycombe District Council.

Mark said : ‘I do understand the two weekend closures will cause some inconvenience, and I apologise for this in advance. However, this is a great opportunity to invest in our roads by exploring how to get rid of an awkward junction, and help to improve traffic flow.

Developer contributions and the government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund are meeting the £11.5 million cost of the project.

*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire County Council.

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