The next phase of High Wycombe’s Masterplan is to start on Thursday 21st May 2015 with the commencement of work on a new Westbourne Street Link road.
The Westbourne Street Link road, costing £2 million, is the first phase in the Masterplan scheme aimed at giving traffic an Alternative Route through the town centre from Marlow Hill to Oxford Road.
It is expected that the contractors for Buckinghamshire County Council working on the link road will take 22 weeks to complete this first phase of the project with the work due to be completed in October 2015.
The Westbourne Street link road phase involves building a new roundabout junction linking Oxford Road (A40) with Westbourne Street, reconstructing Westbourne Street to its Baker Street junction, resurfacing Oxford Road between The Pastures and Bellfield Road, creating a new culvert to enable the River Wye to be opened up in the longer term, planting trees and green spaces, and putting in new street lights and drainage.
The cost is being met jointly by developer funding, Wycombe District Council and Buckinghamshire County Council.
Phase 2 of the Alternative Route, from the Southern end of the new Westbourne Street link, along Desborough Road through the old gas works to Marlow Hill roundabout, is anticipated to start by March 2016.
Once built the route will take pressure off the town’s Abbey Way flyover which has recently has its life extended to between 15 and 20 years.