Next week will see the start to two major road projects in High Wycombe.
Transport for Buckinghamshire is plannign to start work on the second phase of the A40 West Wycombe Road improvements and also start work constructing a new pedestrian crossing for the use of pedestrians and cyclists between the Rye and town centre to enhance the accessibility of the Rye.
Starting on Monday 17th February 2014 the A40 West Wycombe Road improvements are extect to take seven weeks to complete with the construction of the pedestrian crossing taking six weeks.
The A40 West Wycombe Road improvements will consist of the following :
- The existing traffic signals at the A40 West Wycombe Road and Plomer Hill will be upgraded.
- Inclusion of a pre-signal along the A40 West Wycombe Road on the westbound approach
- A pedestrian refuge will be constructed to the west of Chapel Lane.
- Street lights along West Wycombe Road between Chapel Lane and Plomer Hill will be upgraded.
- West Wycombe Road between Chapel Lane and Fryers Lane will be resurfaced together with the stretch of road from Plomer Hill up to the railway over-bridge.
Work will take place daily between 0930 and 1530 however Plomer Hill will be closed between 0800 and 1800 on one, as yest unspecified, Sunday in March to allow for construction of a road crossing at the junction of the A40 and PLomer Hill. Further Sunday work may be required and night time closures from 1900 to 0600 at the end of March for twelve nights will be required for most of the resurfacing work and the installation of the traffic island.
As for the pedestrian crossing at the Rye this work will include :
- Installation of a signalised crossing for pedestrians and cyclists
- Eastbound side of the dual carriageway width reduction from two lanes to one lane.
- Replacement of streetlights.
- Abbey Way between the gyratory and the junction with Easton Street resurfaced.
The hours of work on the podestrian crossing are anticipated to be between 0930-1530, Monday to Friday however one lane will remain open in each direction at all times. The work on the Rye crossing is being funded by pooled developer contributions and Wycombe District Council.
Janet Blake, Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Planning and Transport, said: “The Chapel Lane junction already seems to be working better, so I’m looking forward to the completed project in the coming weeks that will further improve traffic flow. The Rye crossing creates a great link between the town and the Rye, hopefully encouraging residents to walk and cycle more.”
Cllr Neil Marshall, Wycombe District Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Sustainability, commented: “The aim of this new crossing is to create a much better, more people-friendly linkage between the east of Wycombe and the centre, through the Rye. The crossing is an important stage in making the town centre more connected and helping to deliver the masterplan, which sets out the vision for the town centre in the future.”