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A413 Wendover bypass temporary overnight closure on Thursday 29th July 2021 and changes to road layout until 2025

| July 20, 2021

A temporary overnight closure and changes to road layout of the A413 Wendover bypass are to take place as a result of HS2 works.

To create a safe access into and out of the Green Tunnel North Portal compound, HS2 Limited is planning to close the northern part of the A413 Wendover bypass in both directions, just before Nash Lee Road, from 7.00pm on the evening of Thursday 29th July 2021, with the road reopening on Friday 30th July at 6.00am.

If for any reason the works are delayed there is a planned contingency to additionally close the A413 Wendover bypass from 7.00pm on Friday 30th July 2021 and reopen at 6.00am on Saturday 31st July 2021.

The work being undertaken will require HS2’s workforce and machinery to operate on the carriageway, so they need to fully close the road overnight for the safety of both road users and HS2 staff.

Full traffic management signage will be installed in the area so road users are aware of the temporary closure and a diversion will be fully signed.

Once the road reopens after the overnight closure, users will see that the northbound and southbound carriageway lanes will have been narrowed, slowing the speed of the traffic down. This will improve the safety of the access into and out of the HS2 compound at the lay-by on the northbound carriageway. The amended road layout will be in place up until the end of 2025. The capacity of the A413 is not expected to be significantly affected but conditions will be monitored.

At the end of the HS2 works the Wendover bypass will be fully reinstated and any damage to the road surface will be repaired to its original state by HS2 Limited.

Councillor Steven Broadbent, Cabinet Member for Transport at Buckinghamshire Council, said: ‘There has been considerable negotiation with HS2 Limited and its contractors, Thames Valley Police, local councillors and our local Aylesbury MP, on how to manage both the temporary overnight closure and the changes to the road layout.

The emphasis has been on safety and addressing the speeds of vehicles using the bypass. During the four-year period that the revised road layout is in place we have asked HS2 to use CCTV cameras to track vehicle movements, particularly of contractors.

Buckinghamshire Council is advising anyone with questions about HS2 or their works to contact the HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email [email protected].

*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire Council.

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