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Consultation launched on first phase of Princes Risborough Relief Road

| November 20, 2021

A proposed design for the first phase of Princes Risborough Relief Road. (Image supplied by Buckinghamshire Council)

Buckinghamshire Council has launched a consultation on the detailed plans for the first phase of the Princes Risborough Relief Road.

Following a successful bid by the Buckinghamshire Council, the first phase of the new Princes Risborough Relief Road is being supported by £12m from Homes England.

The Wycombe Local Plan, which was adopted in 2019, allocates around 2500 new homes in Princes Risborough through a major expansion to the north west of the town. The relief road is a key part of the infrastructure which will support the expansion.

In the future, phase one will connect to phase two of the relief road through the expansion area. Phase 3 involves two main sections. To the north there will be a new junction at Grove Lane, Little Kimble connecting the B4009 to the A4010. The B4009 will be upgraded. To the south phase one at Picts Lane will be connected to the A4010 via a proposed new road, known as the Culverton Link Road.

The full project will be delivered in three phases with subsequent phases funded through developer contributions as the new Princes Risborough Expansion Area is created. When complete, the relief road will provide an alternative route to the existing A4010 and will connect the newly expanded area with the town.


A proposed design for the first phase of Princes Risborough Relief Road. (Image supplied by Buckinghamshire Council)

The consultation that has just been launched is on the design of the first phase of the relief road and Buckinghamshire Council is seeking feedback on the proposals to ensure all local views are taken into account prior to a future planning application. The three week public consultation will run from Friday 19th November 2021 until Sunday 12th December 2021. The consultation is available online at yourvoicebucks.citizenspace.com. Paper copies are also available at Princes Risborough Library.

Proposals include:

  • Constructing a new road section and widening an 800m stretch of road to enable two-way traffic.
  • Building a new railway bridge on Summerleys Road and improving the current one-way traffic flows under the existing bridge.
  • Installing a new traffic light-controlled junction at Summerleys Road, Station Road, Station Approach and new link road connecting to Picts Lane.
  • A new cycleway / footway to improve access for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Improvements to the existing waterways including measures to counter the impacts of climate change and potential flooding by providing additional surface water storage.
  • An increase to biodiversity, adding new grassland, woodland, shrubs, hedgerows and trees, enhancing and expanding existing plant and wildlife habitats.

Martin Tett, Leader of Buckinghamshire Council, said: ‘This is the first key part of the relief road for Princes Risborough. It will deliver improvements to the existing road network and support the planned growth of the town. When the relief road is complete it will create an alternative to the A4010 through the town and reduce congestion in the town centre.

Subject to planning approval and land acquisition construction on site is proposed to start from Autumn 2023 with completion planned for Summer 2025.

Detailed information about the proposals can be found on the Buckinghamshire Council website at www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/prsrl.

*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire Council.

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