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Preparatory work to begin ahead of improvements to the Westhorpe Junction in Marlow

| February 4, 2021

Preparatory work is to begin ahead of improvements to the Westhorpe Junction in Marlow.

During the summer of 2021 major improvements will be taking place to the busy Westhorpe Junction in Marlow.

Plans for the changes to the junction were developed following a public consultation on local preferences for improving the traffic black spot which was held in January 2019.

The improvement scheme involves the provision of a new left-hand lane on the northbound exit from the A404 dedicated to traffic that needs to turn left into Parkway. To help manage traffic flow at this junction part time traffic signals will also be installed on the roundabout.

The intersection between the A404 and A4155 is a major traffic pinch-point at busy times, causing general delays and restricting access to the Globe Business Park, a major local economic hub.

So that birds and other wildlife are disturbed as little as possible, Buckinghamshire Council is about to start necessary clearance of vegetation on Monday 8th February 2021. The preparatory work is expected to last five days.

Work will mostly be taking place on the northbound A404 off slip road area, with some minor work on the southbound A404 off slip road. To minimise travel disruption, the work will take place using lane closures on the slip roads and on the roundabout during off-peak daytime hours only.

The project is being funded by several funding streams including a £1.187 million grant from Highways England Growth and Housing Fund, £550,000 from developers with the remaining funds from Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Nick Naylor, Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Transport, said: ‘We’ve now secured the funding for the improvement scheme at Westhorpe Junction, which has been long awaited by the local residents and businesses who have to use this busy A404 interchange.

Work will begin in the summer once it’s been given the formal go-ahead by the Council, but in preparation we’re clearing the vegetation now before spring arrives and the birds start nesting.

Richard Harrington, Chief Executive of Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: ‘We are delighted to be supporting this scheme with funding to support major improvements to Marlow’s Westhorpe Interchange and improve access to and from the Globe Business Park.

This is a fantastic opportunity to make it easier to attract new businesses, new skills and new talent to an important business centre with a strong reputation.

*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire Council.

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