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New High Wycombe road route plan submitted by councils
PLANS for a new road network that could change the face of High Wycombe have been submitted by council chiefs.
The new £4m route – central to the long-heralded Wycombe Masterplan – would link Marlow Hill to the A40 West Wycombe Road.
Motorists would drive along Suffield Road (A), through the old gas works site (B), down Desborough Road (C) and an extended Westbourne Street (D) before emerging onto a new roundabout on the A40 (E).
A rough outline of the proposed new route through Wycombe.
Council bosses claim it will improve the link between the east and west of the town, and reduce the overreliance on the Abbey Way Flyover.
Buckinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Planning and Transportation Cllr Janet Blake said: “We’re very excited by these plans.
“But it’s essential to state the route is unlikely to reduce traffic. The aim is to move traffic away from the town centre in a safe and steady manner.
“The scheme will, in its approach, encourage the productive and safe sharing of space by pedestrians, cyclists and cars.
“It won’t rely on traditional and unsightly control methods, such as traffic lights and high pavements, but will incorporate modern urban design concepts, such as roundabouts and different coloured materials.”
She stressed there are currently “no plans” to axe the flyover – which has been partially closed since May – but the new route offers the possibility of removing it to radically redesign and pedestrianise the town centre.
The wider DSA plan, approved by the Planning Inspector and adopted by Wycombe District Council, states the new route should in place alongside the flyover to reduce traffic with the view to cutting the flyover back to a single lane in each direction.
The application submitted jointly by WDC and BCC is expected to be discussed in November.
The plans also include the enhancement of the Paul’s Row area and the addition of a new pedestrian crossing linking the town centre to The Rye.
Cllr Hugh McCarthy, WDC’s Deputy Leader, said: “These proposed changes to the road layout are a really important step in the journey to bring together the parts of our historic town.
“Our aim is to re-connect the old and new parts of High Wycombe, to drive the regeneration of the town centre and to open up access to The Rye - a fantastic open space on our doorstep.
“This is our long-term vision and aspiration for Wycombe and we know, from years of detailed consultation, it has wide support.
"These changes are not the end of the story for our town cwntre but the start of a new chapter.”
The plans are available to view at Wycombe Library from today. Council staff will be answering questions on September 28 between 10am and 2pm, and October 8 between 11am and 3pm.
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