HS2 project could fund Beaconsfield relief road

Bucks Free Press: Traffic through the Old Town is a constant concern for residents Traffic through the Old Town is a constant concern for residents

A RELIEF road for Beaconsfield Old Town could be a step nearer to reality after an official request for the route to be included in the government’s HS2 project.

Beaconsfield Town Council has contacted Bucks County Council voicing concern over the volume of traffic the high speed rail line’s proposed construction would create in the town.

And within days of writing, members received assurance that BCC would include the request for relief road funding on a mitigation blueprint due to be submitted to the government.

Calls for a relief road have been growing in recent years, and the possible large-scale development of nearby Wilton Park is already earmarked for the site of the new bypass.

Councillor Alan Walters said: "We asked BCC that if HS2 is actually going to go ahead, can we get some money towards the relief road.

"The reply was very supportive and they are already well aware of the need for it, and the money could be made available as part of a Wilton Park relief road.

"They are now going to put it on their blueprint document, so it’s very encouraging that our letter actually did something."

Councillors are worried that lorries and plant equipment will use the already congested route from junction 2 of the M40 to the A355, which runs through the Old Town.

Cllr Matt Denyer warned of the danger of hinging the project solely on the Wilton Park project, which he said may not go ahead for years, if at all, given plans are still in their early stages.

Mayor Sandy Saunders stressed the volume of traffic coming through the town both ways would be huge, with building materials going up to the route and excavated material coming back.

Though the route of the government’s controversial £42billion rail link is not yet finalised it is predicted Beaconsfield will be a likely thoroughfare for works vehicles heading to Amersham, where a tunnel portal is planned.

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11:02am Thu 12 Sep 13

gpn01 says...

If additional funding for traffic mitigation is included will this take the HS2 forecast even higher than the £50Bn estimate?
If additional funding for traffic mitigation is included will this take the HS2 forecast even higher than the £50Bn estimate? gpn01

11:30am Thu 12 Sep 13

rem708 says...

Global warming could be abated by the building of HS2!

Less of the 'coulds' and a few more 'wills' please otherwise don't bother giving unrealistic hopes!

Anything like this is NOT essential to the project coming in on budget and therefore just won't happen - especially with so many eyes scrutinising the figures.
Global warming could be abated by the building of HS2! Less of the 'coulds' and a few more 'wills' please otherwise don't bother giving unrealistic hopes! Anything like this is NOT essential to the project coming in on budget and therefore just won't happen - especially with so many eyes scrutinising the figures. rem708

11:34am Thu 12 Sep 13

geoffW says...

gpn01 wrote:
If additional funding for traffic mitigation is included will this take the HS2 forecast even higher than the £50Bn estimate?
Of course it won't. There are many claims of this nature all along the route and none of them have been included in the costing of HS2. If granted the money will come out of other government transport budgets in order to hide the true cost. Other transport/road schemes will lose out as a result.
[quote][p][bold]gpn01[/bold] wrote: If additional funding for traffic mitigation is included will this take the HS2 forecast even higher than the £50Bn estimate?[/p][/quote]Of course it won't. There are many claims of this nature all along the route and none of them have been included in the costing of HS2. If granted the money will come out of other government transport budgets in order to hide the true cost. Other transport/road schemes will lose out as a result. geoffW

4:41pm Thu 12 Sep 13

DACS12 says...

Town council as usual reactive and late with ideas. I discussed these ideas with BCC councillors 6 months ago.
Town council as usual reactive and late with ideas. I discussed these ideas with BCC councillors 6 months ago. DACS12

8:40pm Fri 13 Sep 13

Malc London says...

Spin doctors trying their best. Nearly worked with gullible BBC on their side. But facts are facts, HS2 will not go ahead. More and more people are now realising the folly.
Spin doctors trying their best. Nearly worked with gullible BBC on their side. But facts are facts, HS2 will not go ahead. More and more people are now realising the folly. Malc London

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