Work has commenced on the second phase of the alternative route for traffic through High Wycombe town centre.
Contractors working for Buckinghamshire County Council are now working in Desborough Road, initially pavements will be widened and new parking bays created.
The new route through High Wycombe will link the A40 Oxford Road with the Abbey Way roundabout at the bottom of Marlow Hill and will include a new road through the town’s old gasworks site.
During the works the bus stops by St John’s Church in Desborough Road will be out of service. Buses are being diverted along West Wycombe Road and Desborough Avenue.
From 7.00pm on Monday 24th October 2016 to 6.00am on Friday 28th October 2016 the section of Desborough Road between Westbourne Street and Bridge Street will be closed to all vehicles so that contractors can construct two pedestrian crossings.
Pedestrian access to businesses will be kept open and noise levels will be kept to a minimum in the evenings as work will go on until 1.00am each day. A sign-posted diversion route will be in place during this period.
Mark Shaw, Buckinghamshire County Council’s Transport Cabinet Member, said: ‘I understand road closures, however short and planned, create inconvenience, and I hope residents and traders will accept our apologies. We chose a school holiday week when disruption to road users would be at a minimum.‘
Mark said the closure was necessary for the safety not only of the public, but also of road workers.
Future work in Desborough Road involves the replacing the traffic lights at the junction of Desborough Road and Bridge Street with a mini roundabout, as well as further resurfacing work and new street lights. Work from Westbourne Street to Lily’s Walk will continue until August 2017.
The Alternative Route scheme is part of the High Wycombe Masterplan. It is a joint project between Buckinghamshire County Council, Wycombe District Council and Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership.