Work to install pedestrian crossing to The Rye begins tomorrow

Bucks Free Press: Work to install pedestrian crossing to The Rye begins tomorrow Work to install pedestrian crossing to The Rye begins tomorrow

WORK to install a pedestrian crossing connecting the town centre to The Rye begins tomorrow – another step in the High Wycombe Masterplan.

The A40 eastbound will be reduced from two lanes to one to help reduce the ‘red time’ required to allow pedestrians to cross the road.

The section of road between Easton Street and the gyratory will also be refurbished during the six-week project.

Working hours will be 9.30am to 3.30pm, Monday to Friday, with one lane open in each direction at all times. The work is being funded by developer contributions and Wycombe District Council.

Cllr Neil Marshall, WDC’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Sustainability, said: "The aim of this new crossing is to create a much better, more people-friendly linkage between the east of Wycombe and the centre, through the Rye.

“The crossing is an important stage in making the town centre more connected and helping to deliver the Masterplan, which sets out the vision for the town centre in the future."

Transport for Buckinghamshire will also begin phase two of the A40 West Wycombe Road upgrades on Monday.

The existing traffic signals on the A40/Plomer Hill junction will be enhanced, with the inclusion of a pre-signal on the westbound approach.

West Wycombe Road between Chapel Lane and Fryers Lane will be resurfaced, as will Plomer Hill up to the railway bridge.

Work will be carried out between 9.30am and 3.30pm, with TfB warning Plomer Hill will need to be closed on at least one Sunday in March.

The resurfacing will take place overnight in the last two weeks of the seven-week project aimed at alleviating the A40 bottleneck.

Janet Blake, Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Planning and Transport, said: “The Chapel Lane junction already seems to be working better, so I’m looking forward to the completed project that will further improve traffic flow.

“The Rye crossing creates a great link between the town and the Rye, hopefully encouraging residents to walk and cycle more.”

For more information about the projects, visit www.transportforbucks.net

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12:32pm Sun 16 Feb 14

yog says...

Absolute waste of money, existing crossing and subway nearby. They will not be happy until Wycombe is at a standstill.
Absolute waste of money, existing crossing and subway nearby. They will not be happy until Wycombe is at a standstill. yog
  • Score: 26

2:00pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Bartholomew HuckleBerry says...

Absolutely diabolical and irresponsible decisions being made about pedestrianisation. I have never heard of problems or bottleneck grid locks appearing on a daily basis when it comes to problems being faced by pedestrians. It is the car and the road traffic that needs sorting. Now they have decided to reduce A40 to just one lane... how can this be justified when everyday this area is prone to extreme congestion and chaos. This is also right outside these idiotic decision makers' offices too so how can they have not spotted it ?????
I am speechless over these decisions by the useless buffoons that are the councillors and Tfb. Despite raising objections several times into their flawed plans, they have not listened. It is evident that by colluding with the developers they have a back-handed, self serving agenda on the table !
Absolutely diabolical and irresponsible decisions being made about pedestrianisation. I have never heard of problems or bottleneck grid locks appearing on a daily basis when it comes to problems being faced by pedestrians. It is the car and the road traffic that needs sorting. Now they have decided to reduce A40 to just one lane... how can this be justified when everyday this area is prone to extreme congestion and chaos. This is also right outside these idiotic decision makers' offices too so how can they have not spotted it ????? I am speechless over these decisions by the useless buffoons that are the councillors and Tfb. Despite raising objections several times into their flawed plans, they have not listened. It is evident that by colluding with the developers they have a back-handed, self serving agenda on the table ! Bartholomew HuckleBerry
  • Score: 30

2:40pm Sun 16 Feb 14

tigeran says...

What is wrong with this jokes of a council? Restricting traffic yet more. The mind boggles at the incompetence of certain areas of the public sector, and we have to fund them!
What is wrong with this jokes of a council? Restricting traffic yet more. The mind boggles at the incompetence of certain areas of the public sector, and we have to fund them! tigeran
  • Score: 19

3:13pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Carmadchris says...

All they needed to also was rejuvenate the underpass, have decent CCTV and point out that it was the way to the rye, you don't have a crossing across a major road, you go over it or under it, more efficient to allow people to cross 100% of the time and traffic to flow 100% of the time and safer for all parties I.e drunk, late and stupid people who "think" they can make it will always make it going over or under. We don't try to walk people across railway tracks and trains are far less frequent you always go over or under, keep people and cars apart
All they needed to also was rejuvenate the underpass, have decent CCTV and point out that it was the way to the rye, you don't have a crossing across a major road, you go over it or under it, more efficient to allow people to cross 100% of the time and traffic to flow 100% of the time and safer for all parties I.e drunk, late and stupid people who "think" they can make it will always make it going over or under. We don't try to walk people across railway tracks and trains are far less frequent you always go over or under, keep people and cars apart Carmadchris
  • Score: 24

3:13pm Sun 16 Feb 14

J B Blackett says...

If it discourages all the sclerotic unnecessary polluting through-traffic including heavy goods vehicles, it could possibly be good news for everyone everywhere - pedestrians , motorists , buses etc. That type of traffic just exacerbates the congestion problems in this area.
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Whatever happened to the looming fuel crisis ? Has it gone away ?
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And whatever happened to integrated transport systems and joined up thinking ? We are now reaping what past politicians have sown.













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If it discourages all the sclerotic unnecessary polluting through-traffic including heavy goods vehicles, it could possibly be good news for everyone everywhere - pedestrians , motorists , buses etc. That type of traffic just exacerbates the congestion problems in this area. . Whatever happened to the looming fuel crisis ? Has it gone away ? . And whatever happened to integrated transport systems and joined up thinking ? We are now reaping what past politicians have sown. . J B Blackett
  • Score: -16

4:14pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Kplustwo says...

Not only is there an underpass but there are already two pedestrian crossings in place just a little further along. Another crossing isn't needed and especially not one that will restrict the flow of traffic. What a waste of time, effort and money!
Not only is there an underpass but there are already two pedestrian crossings in place just a little further along. Another crossing isn't needed and especially not one that will restrict the flow of traffic. What a waste of time, effort and money! Kplustwo
  • Score: 23

4:52pm Sun 16 Feb 14

pulsecity says...

what is wrong with the one subway and 2 alternative crossings they already have to reach the Rye, accross the A40.
what is wrong with the one subway and 2 alternative crossings they already have to reach the Rye, accross the A40. pulsecity
  • Score: 26

5:02pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Mr Totterdge Hill says...

Fine as long as you've got webbed feet when you get onto the rye!
Tis just a tad damp at the moment ;-)
Fine as long as you've got webbed feet when you get onto the rye! Tis just a tad damp at the moment ;-) Mr Totterdge Hill
  • Score: 9

5:55pm Sun 16 Feb 14

osmith says...

WHEN will the council start LISTENING to its constituents, WE DON'T NEED THIS!

Utilise contractors properly to replace our road network to eradicate potholes, congestion and signal control. Introduce pedestrian overpasses and install LED streetlighting in dimly-lit areas to deter antisocial behaviour and crime after nightfall.
Your "masterplan" says businesses WANT to be in Wycombe and Marlow, yet the High Street and Chilterns Centre make it look a ghost town. Cut business rates for eateries and Entertainment/Activi
ty companies and ramp it up for casinos and betting shops; bring the right kind of business back to the town.
Do away with the Abbey Way flyover, this is the real cause of the divide between Town and the Rye. Pedestrianise this area and bring a bypass around the outside of Wycombe - but remember, NO signal control and use pedestrian overpasses!
DON'T BUILD ON THE GREEN BELT. The "masterplan" recognises it is there to prevent urban sprawl - you cannot keep your cake and eat it too!


Stop local government wasting YOUR money! Email the planners responsible for this pointless plan and tell them to consider public suggestion instead - newlocalplan@wycombe
.gov.uk
WHEN will the council start LISTENING to its constituents, WE DON'T NEED THIS! Utilise contractors properly to replace our road network to eradicate potholes, congestion and signal control. Introduce pedestrian overpasses and install LED streetlighting in dimly-lit areas to deter antisocial behaviour and crime after nightfall. Your "masterplan" says businesses WANT to be in Wycombe and Marlow, yet the High Street and Chilterns Centre make it look a ghost town. Cut business rates for eateries and Entertainment/Activi ty companies and ramp it up for casinos and betting shops; bring the right kind of business back to the town. Do away with the Abbey Way flyover, this is the real cause of the divide between Town and the Rye. Pedestrianise this area and bring a bypass around the outside of Wycombe - but remember, NO signal control and use pedestrian overpasses! DON'T BUILD ON THE GREEN BELT. The "masterplan" recognises it is there to prevent urban sprawl - you cannot keep your cake and eat it too! Stop local government wasting YOUR money! Email the planners responsible for this pointless plan and tell them to consider public suggestion instead - newlocalplan@wycombe .gov.uk osmith
  • Score: 13

7:03pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Blaze Falconburger says...

The roads in Bucks are a disgrace and year after year the same potholes are opening back up as they have only been temporarily repaired. Why not spend money fixing the current issues first before creating new ones. Much could be done to improve the traffic flow through Wycombe but it seems that the council seem hell bent on restricting it instead.
The roads in Bucks are a disgrace and year after year the same potholes are opening back up as they have only been temporarily repaired. Why not spend money fixing the current issues first before creating new ones. Much could be done to improve the traffic flow through Wycombe but it seems that the council seem hell bent on restricting it instead. Blaze Falconburger
  • Score: 11

7:48pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Dr Truth says...

I wonder how many people who continually and understandably rant against nearly every WDC decision actually voted against the Conservatives in the last election? Until people actually start doing that nothing will ever change.
I wonder how many people who continually and understandably rant against nearly every WDC decision actually voted against the Conservatives in the last election? Until people actually start doing that nothing will ever change. Dr Truth
  • Score: 17

8:38pm Sun 16 Feb 14

miccles says...

If the "wonderful rubbish collections" are anything to go by, this is going to be another complete utter waste of money, and a complete disaster.
The traffic in wycombe is just going to get worse beyond belief.
If the "wonderful rubbish collections" are anything to go by, this is going to be another complete utter waste of money, and a complete disaster. The traffic in wycombe is just going to get worse beyond belief. miccles
  • Score: 7

10:57pm Sun 16 Feb 14

J B Blackett says...

miccles wrote:
If the "wonderful rubbish collections" are anything to go by, this is going to be another complete utter waste of money, and a complete disaster.
The traffic in wycombe is just going to get worse beyond belief.
But nobody wants any changes . They appear to be apparently quite happy with the current congestion and the status quo as regards traffic - by vehicle and/or by foot.
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So we will agree democratically with all the people on here and advocate that road and access systems should remain just as they are. And hope they resolve themselves naturally somehow eventually.
[quote][p][bold]miccles[/bold] wrote: If the "wonderful rubbish collections" are anything to go by, this is going to be another complete utter waste of money, and a complete disaster. The traffic in wycombe is just going to get worse beyond belief.[/p][/quote]But nobody wants any changes . They appear to be apparently quite happy with the current congestion and the status quo as regards traffic - by vehicle and/or by foot. . So we will agree democratically with all the people on here and advocate that road and access systems should remain just as they are. And hope they resolve themselves naturally somehow eventually. J B Blackett
  • Score: -6

11:48pm Sun 16 Feb 14

maccapaka says...

As has already been mentioned we have an underpass in place for safe passage from one side of the road to the other. A pedestrian crossing carries with it a health warning. Cars travel at well above the speed limit along here, especially when the lights are green, and I can't help thinking that this is an accident waiting to happen. Pedestrians regularly seem to think that once they are on a crossing the traffic automatically stops for them, especially those with music devices stuck to their ears.
Would it not have been cheaper, to have solved the regular flooding problems with the underpass, and keep pedestrians off the road.
One final point. How many people will actually use this crossing. Are WDC going to conduct a survey to prove that the money has been well spent. My money says that most people will continue to use the subway., cos it's a darn sight safer. That is as long as you don't have to don snorkel and flippers to get through it.
I wonder if WDC flooded it deliberately.
As has already been mentioned we have an underpass in place for safe passage from one side of the road to the other. A pedestrian crossing carries with it a health warning. Cars travel at well above the speed limit along here, especially when the lights are green, and I can't help thinking that this is an accident waiting to happen. Pedestrians regularly seem to think that once they are on a crossing the traffic automatically stops for them, especially those with music devices stuck to their ears. Would it not have been cheaper, to have solved the regular flooding problems with the underpass, and keep pedestrians off the road. One final point. How many people will actually use this crossing. Are WDC going to conduct a survey to prove that the money has been well spent. My money says that most people will continue to use the subway., cos it's a darn sight safer. That is as long as you don't have to don snorkel and flippers to get through it. I wonder if WDC flooded it deliberately. maccapaka
  • Score: 11

9:25am Mon 17 Feb 14

ThePedant says...

One word: UNBELIEVABLE
One word: UNBELIEVABLE ThePedant
  • Score: 11

9:45am Mon 17 Feb 14

Garrob says...

There's already a PELICON crossing to the Rye, not to mention the subway
There's already a PELICON crossing to the Rye, not to mention the subway Garrob
  • Score: 11

9:50am Mon 17 Feb 14

miccles says...

J B Blackett wrote:
miccles wrote:
If the "wonderful rubbish collections" are anything to go by, this is going to be another complete utter waste of money, and a complete disaster.
The traffic in wycombe is just going to get worse beyond belief.
But nobody wants any changes . They appear to be apparently quite happy with the current congestion and the status quo as regards traffic - by vehicle and/or by foot.
.
So we will agree democratically with all the people on here and advocate that road and access systems should remain just as they are. And hope they resolve themselves naturally somehow eventually.
So will this latest farce make the traffic run smoothly with no congestion at all???
[quote][p][bold]J B Blackett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miccles[/bold] wrote: If the "wonderful rubbish collections" are anything to go by, this is going to be another complete utter waste of money, and a complete disaster. The traffic in wycombe is just going to get worse beyond belief.[/p][/quote]But nobody wants any changes . They appear to be apparently quite happy with the current congestion and the status quo as regards traffic - by vehicle and/or by foot. . So we will agree democratically with all the people on here and advocate that road and access systems should remain just as they are. And hope they resolve themselves naturally somehow eventually.[/p][/quote]So will this latest farce make the traffic run smoothly with no congestion at all??? miccles
  • Score: 5

9:55am Mon 17 Feb 14

ThePedant says...

Garrob wrote:
There's already a PELICON crossing to the Rye, not to mention the subway
Don't show your ignorance in public
[quote][p][bold]Garrob[/bold] wrote: There's already a PELICON crossing to the Rye, not to mention the subway[/p][/quote]Don't show your ignorance in public ThePedant
  • Score: 5

12:29pm Mon 17 Feb 14

sidthesexist says...

Dr Truth says...

I wonder how many people who continually and understandably rant against nearly every WDC decision actually voted against the Conservatives in the last election? Until people actually start doing that nothing will ever change.



Think it would be any better under any of the two other major parties in this town? Just like the rest of the country the gullible continue to vote the same three parties into power and then sit back as the drive not only this town but the country as well into the ground. Until people start to wake up and realise this we are only heading in one direction and that is backwards...
[quote]Dr Truth says... I wonder how many people who continually and understandably rant against nearly every WDC decision actually voted against the Conservatives in the last election? Until people actually start doing that nothing will ever change.[/quote] Think it would be any better under any of the two other major parties in this town? Just like the rest of the country the gullible continue to vote the same three parties into power and then sit back as the drive not only this town but the country as well into the ground. Until people start to wake up and realise this we are only heading in one direction and that is backwards... sidthesexist
  • Score: 3

4:17pm Mon 17 Feb 14

marlowbucks says...

a) WHY reduce to one lane? You are forcing lane changing which causes difficulties and problems.
b) I think Toucan crossings are a bad design which is open to misinterpretation. Pelican is MUCH better.
a) WHY reduce to one lane? You are forcing lane changing which causes difficulties and problems. b) I think Toucan crossings are a bad design which is open to misinterpretation. Pelican is MUCH better. marlowbucks
  • Score: 4

8:02pm Mon 17 Feb 14

rover27 says...

But it will make it safer for the muggers in the community to make their way to the rye during the summer months.
But it will make it safer for the muggers in the community to make their way to the rye during the summer months. rover27
  • Score: 1

2:32am Tue 18 Feb 14

Mr Totterdge Hill says...

So much crap when it's all for the saving of... (nout?)

With all the pre-existing crossings and those (youngsters) that would never bother with any form of regulated steermanship by any authority...

Why bother?

I for one think we could save some ca$h for sorting the roads out!
So much crap when it's all for the saving of... (nout?) With all the pre-existing crossings and those (youngsters) that would never bother with any form of regulated steermanship by any authority... Why bother? I for one think we could save some ca$h for sorting the roads out! Mr Totterdge Hill
  • Score: 3

3:42pm Wed 19 Feb 14

VR1942 says...

Janet Blake, Buckinghamshire County Council Planning and Transport says
that the Chapel Lane junction "seems" to be working. I would expect that having purchased and demolished a large house and spend a couple of hundred thousand pounds on the road works, Janet Blake should be saying the junction "is" working, but in reality having spent all this money the junction is another version of what was already there. What a waste of money that could have been used to fill in some of the dreadful potholes in and around High Wycombe for instance.
Janet Blake, Buckinghamshire County Council Planning and Transport says that the Chapel Lane junction "seems" to be working. I would expect that having purchased and demolished a large house and spend a couple of hundred thousand pounds on the road works, Janet Blake should be saying the junction "is" working, but in reality having spent all this money the junction is another version of what was already there. What a waste of money that could have been used to fill in some of the dreadful potholes in and around High Wycombe for instance. VR1942
  • Score: 5

3:59pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Kplustwo says...

Work has started and the road is reduced to one lane in both directions as the work is carried out which is practically on top of the subway. Needless to say when I drove that way at 14.30 today it was chaos with traffic backed up on both sides.
Work has started and the road is reduced to one lane in both directions as the work is carried out which is practically on top of the subway. Needless to say when I drove that way at 14.30 today it was chaos with traffic backed up on both sides. Kplustwo
  • Score: 1

10:39pm Wed 19 Feb 14

J B Blackett says...

miccles wrote:
J B Blackett wrote:
miccles wrote:
If the "wonderful rubbish collections" are anything to go by, this is going to be another complete utter waste of money, and a complete disaster.
The traffic in wycombe is just going to get worse beyond belief.
But nobody wants any changes . They appear to be apparently quite happy with the current congestion and the status quo as regards traffic - by vehicle and/or by foot.
.
So we will agree democratically with all the people on here and advocate that road and access systems should remain just as they are. And hope they resolve themselves naturally somehow eventually.
So will this latest farce make the traffic run smoothly with no congestion at all???
But we are agreeing with you and all the comments you made before..
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Have you now changed your mind ?
[quote][p][bold]miccles[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]J B Blackett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miccles[/bold] wrote: If the "wonderful rubbish collections" are anything to go by, this is going to be another complete utter waste of money, and a complete disaster. The traffic in wycombe is just going to get worse beyond belief.[/p][/quote]But nobody wants any changes . They appear to be apparently quite happy with the current congestion and the status quo as regards traffic - by vehicle and/or by foot. . So we will agree democratically with all the people on here and advocate that road and access systems should remain just as they are. And hope they resolve themselves naturally somehow eventually.[/p][/quote]So will this latest farce make the traffic run smoothly with no congestion at all???[/p][/quote]But we are agreeing with you and all the comments you made before.. . Have you now changed your mind ? J B Blackett
  • Score: 0

10:03pm Tue 11 Mar 14

HWresident says...

This is a complete waste to money and is a decision based on a false idea that people will walk and cycle more with this in place, they won't. It is simply not in a place where many people will find themselves, from the town you dont walk down to the council offices to go to the Rye, you OBVIOUSLY go down Easton street where there are ALREADY 2 crossings. The council and planning committee should be fined for passing such a waste of money. The effect on the traffic of the reduced carriageway will be detrimental to the entire road system at the bottom of marlow hill. MADNESS.
This is a complete waste to money and is a decision based on a false idea that people will walk and cycle more with this in place, they won't. It is simply not in a place where many people will find themselves, from the town you dont walk down to the council offices to go to the Rye, you OBVIOUSLY go down Easton street where there are ALREADY 2 crossings. The council and planning committee should be fined for passing such a waste of money. The effect on the traffic of the reduced carriageway will be detrimental to the entire road system at the bottom of marlow hill. MADNESS. HWresident
  • Score: 0

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