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Public consultation with ‘virtual exhibition room’ launched on Crest Road junction plans in High Wycombe

| July 25, 2020

Computer generated image of the proposed junction layout design. (Image supplied by Buckinghamshire Council)

Improvement plans for the Crest Road junction in High Wycombe are to go on public display in a ‘virtual exhibition room’.

As a result of the coronavirus lockdown, restrictions meant that Buckinghamshire Council was unable to plan its normal ‘drop-in’ exhibition as part of the formal consultation, where people could see plans, ask officers questions and provide feedback.

Instead, preliminary designs for the conversion of the Crest Road / John Hall Way roundabout into a junction controlled by traffic lights, will be available to view from in a special online exhibition room from Friday 24th July 2020.

The online exhibition room features a 3D computer generated image of the junction at https://crestroad.virtualconsultation.co.uk/ where residents will be able to ask questions through Live Chat.

The proposed installation of traffic lights aims to improve the junction’s capacity and create a better traffic flow ahead of the development of ‘Cressex Island’ which comprises land bounded by Crest Road and John Hall Way. Proposals include an Aldi supermarket and a McDonalds drive through fast food outlet.

The junction will include:

  • A new Toucan crossings for cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Widening of the road.
  • New traffic lanes.
  • Resurfacing.
  • Landscaping.

Also on the agenda is a new 600 metre shared cycleway and foot way running from Handy Cross roundabout to Holmers Farm Way roundabout, linking two existing cycle routes.

Nick Naylor, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: ‘Of course, we want to create more capacity for traffic and reduce congestion, but it’s also important to make it easier for residents, many of whom have been cycling for exercise during the lockdown, to use their bikes around the area.

We want to get this project right from the start, so we need to make sure we’ve got maximum feedback from residents and businesses.

The consultation runs from Friday 24th July 2020 to Friday 14th August 2020. For anyone without access to a computer a printed feedback form is available by calling 01296 387984. Detailed designs and costings will be completed once consultation feedback has been considered.

*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire Council.

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