Another road in Wycombe to get the ‘slow and steady’ treatment as work starts on next phase of Masterplan
Work on the next phase of High Wycombe’s new Alternative Route through the town centre started on Monday 23rd October 2017.
At a cost of £2.3 million the stretch of Queen Alexandra Road from Marlow Hill roundabout to the beginning of Suffield Road will get the ‘slow and steady’ treatment with low profile kerbs, narrowed traffic lanes, central reservation, new pavements and road surfacing,
Due to finish in the Summer of 2018, the works are part of the project to create a new route through High Wycombe linking the A40 Oxford Road with the Marlow Hill roundabout. Work on the project began with the creation of a new junction with Westbourne Street in December 2015.
During the work, access to High Wycombe CofE School, Wycombe Hospital and for emergency vehicles will be maintained and temporary traffic lights or ‘Stop-Go’ boards will ensure work can carry on safely without daytime road closures.
The Queen Alexandra Road improvement will eventually link with Desborough Road in Spring 2019 once developer Inland Homes has completed structural and foundations work on the town’s old gasworks site and built the final 100 metres of road.
Mark Shaw, Buckinghamshire County Council’s Deputy Leader and Transport Cabinet Member, said: ‘We can’t do road improvements without a bit of disruption and I apologise in advance for this. I’m sure the long-term gains will be worth the short-term pain.‘
Part of the High Wycombe Masterplan, the Alternative Route scheme is a joint project between Buckinghamshire County Council, Wycombe District Council and Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership.