'Affordable, short-term solution' for Wycombe's Flyover as work set to begin

'Affordable, short-term solution' for Wycombe's Flyover as work set to begin

'Affordable, short-term solution' for Wycombe's Flyover as work set to begin

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A LONG-AWAITED solution has been agreed for High Wycombe’s Abbey Way Flyover, with works set to begin this month to give the beleagured road another 20 years' shelf life.

Structural improvements and resurfacing work – dubbed a “good, affordable short term solution” -will begin on August 18, following lane closures on the concrete structure lasting over a year.

After deciding the side walls of the four-lane stretch were not strong enough to withstand a collision, Transport for Buckinghamshire has decided the road will remain one lane on the eastbound stretch.

Transport bosses say the work - installing safety barriers, new high kerbs, and resurfacing – will give the flyover another two decades of life.

TfB says the improvements take into account future developments in the High Wycombe Town Centre Masterplan.

Since being closed since inspections began last May, Lily’s Walk will reopen to two way traffic once the work has been completed in October.

And the improvements will prevent some of the problems with water leakage through the structure.

Mark Shaw, Buckinghamshire County Council Deputy Cabinet Member for Transport said longer term plans to improve High Wycombe town centre meant expensive over-investment in a structure with a limited lifespan was not a viable solution.

Therefore he insisted the planned work was a good, affordable short-term solution and would improve the immediate situation.

He said: “It has taken some time to develop a satisfactory programme to guarantee the safety of road users using the flyover, while ensuring we aren't wasting money on a structure with a limited life.

“I am happy that we have reached a suitable outcome and look forward to the work being complete in October.

“I apologise for any inconvenience that has been caused up till now, and through the forthcoming works. Hopefully we will be able to keep a relatively free-flowing road throughout the day time works. There may be some disruption to road users overnight on occasions."

With the implementation of the High Wycombe Masterplan beginning this year, the flyover could eventually be knocked down as the road system is diverted around the town centre.

Works comprise the following:

Abbey Way - eastbound: A semi-permanent barrier will be installed, closing lane one permanently. Lane two will be resurfaced and lane one will undergo a 'slurry seal' thin layer surface treatment to reduce water penetration.

Abbey Way - westbound: High containment ‘Trief’ kerbing will be installed along key lengths to protect the weak parapet and lane one and two resurfaced. The safety barrier will be extended.

Lily’s Walk: The traffic signals will be reinstated. High containment ‘Trief’ kerbing will be installed along both sides to protect the weak parapets and the carriageway resurfaced.

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5:54pm Wed 6 Aug 14

retchub says...

BLIMEY TAKEN LONG ENOUGH TO COME TO THAT DESCISION !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BLIMEY TAKEN LONG ENOUGH TO COME TO THAT DESCISION !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! retchub
  • Score: 15

5:55pm Wed 6 Aug 14

big don g the 1st says...

The walls won't stand a collision? So they just put cones down to close the lane. So I guess if a vehicle spins out of control the cones will stop it?!

Idiots.
The walls won't stand a collision? So they just put cones down to close the lane. So I guess if a vehicle spins out of control the cones will stop it?! Idiots. big don g the 1st
  • Score: 33

6:30pm Wed 6 Aug 14

aaaali says...

So what happened to the redevelopment of HW and the demolition of the fly over? I have always thought, and still do, that the powers that be are trying to 'prove' that the fly over operates well as a single lane, with a view to getting rid of it entirely in the future
So what happened to the redevelopment of HW and the demolition of the fly over? I have always thought, and still do, that the powers that be are trying to 'prove' that the fly over operates well as a single lane, with a view to getting rid of it entirely in the future aaaali
  • Score: 28

6:38pm Wed 6 Aug 14

jxr says...

A semi-permanent barrier will be installed, closing lane one permanently


Surely a semi-permanent barrier will only close lane one semi-permanently!
[quote][p]A semi-permanent barrier will be installed, closing lane one permanently[/p][/quote] Surely a semi-permanent barrier will only close lane one semi-permanently! jxr
  • Score: 19

8:29pm Wed 6 Aug 14

gpn01 says...

big don g the 1st wrote:
The walls won't stand a collision? So they just put cones down to close the lane. So I guess if a vehicle spins out of control the cones will stop it?!

Idiots.
If the problem is that the existing wall won't cope with a collision then presumably any barrier will have to be robust enough to withstand a collision? Otherwise shouldn't the entire flyover be closed now if it's so unsafe?
[quote][p][bold]big don g the 1st[/bold] wrote: The walls won't stand a collision? So they just put cones down to close the lane. So I guess if a vehicle spins out of control the cones will stop it?! Idiots.[/p][/quote]If the problem is that the existing wall won't cope with a collision then presumably any barrier will have to be robust enough to withstand a collision? Otherwise shouldn't the entire flyover be closed now if it's so unsafe? gpn01
  • Score: 2

8:41pm Wed 6 Aug 14

tomcat says...

Why can't they put High containment ‘Trief’ kerbing, and safety barriers, along the Eastbound carriageway?

If the BFP has reported this correctly, none of it makes any sense.
Why can't they put High containment ‘Trief’ kerbing, and safety barriers, along the Eastbound carriageway? If the BFP has reported this correctly, none of it makes any sense. tomcat
  • Score: 7

9:26pm Wed 6 Aug 14

yog says...

Tell us how much it is costing and we will say whether it is affordable or not!
Tell us how much it is costing and we will say whether it is affordable or not! yog
  • Score: 5

10:19pm Wed 6 Aug 14

faircuppa says...

Let common sense prevail and open up the River Wye at the same time. Then we can begin to have a town to be proud of. I look forward to sipping coffee, watching the ducks from outside M and S
Let common sense prevail and open up the River Wye at the same time. Then we can begin to have a town to be proud of. I look forward to sipping coffee, watching the ducks from outside M and S faircuppa
  • Score: 3

1:30am Thu 7 Aug 14

Carmadchris says...

So after all this months...... some donkey thinks 1 lane is the solution

Quiet road that A40, not many people using it, no one really in Wycombe

Yeah, that A40 that apparently requires 3 motorway junctions!

Guessing WDC don't have a quango for consistency
So after all this months...... some donkey thinks 1 lane is the solution Quiet road that A40, not many people using it, no one really in Wycombe Yeah, that A40 that apparently requires 3 motorway junctions! Guessing WDC don't have a quango for consistency Carmadchris
  • Score: 16

3:21am Thu 7 Aug 14

valleyviewboy says...

Hmmm... I thought the plan was to remove this flyover ASAP? So why give it till 2034?

If we're to keep it that long surely at least retain its two lanes each way! Do councillors from WDC and BCC ever go down that side of town? It's calamitous expecting dual carriageway traffic from the A40, A404 and A4128 to continue to fit into that one lane for the next twenty years.

Unless they actually get on with that gasworks A40 diversion scheme and knock down Abbey Way any time soon. I too would love to see the Wye flowing merrily besides M&S.
Hmmm... I thought the plan was to remove this flyover ASAP? So why give it till 2034? If we're to keep it that long surely at least retain its two lanes each way! Do councillors from WDC and BCC ever go down that side of town? It's calamitous expecting dual carriageway traffic from the A40, A404 and A4128 to continue to fit into that one lane for the next twenty years. Unless they actually get on with that gasworks A40 diversion scheme and knock down Abbey Way any time soon. I too would love to see the Wye flowing merrily besides M&S. valleyviewboy
  • Score: 3

8:18am Thu 7 Aug 14

s6blr says...

Why the h3ll isn't the contractor who built this disaster being sued?
Why the h3ll isn't the contractor who built this disaster being sued? s6blr
  • Score: 4

9:49am Thu 7 Aug 14

Ivor'sbestfriend says...

s6blr wrote:
Why the h3ll isn't the contractor who built this disaster being sued?
Because then they'd actually have to prove that there is a problem with the flyover's construction?
[quote][p][bold]s6blr[/bold] wrote: Why the h3ll isn't the contractor who built this disaster being sued?[/p][/quote]Because then they'd actually have to prove that there is a problem with the flyover's construction? Ivor'sbestfriend
  • Score: 5

12:07pm Thu 7 Aug 14

I know who I am says...

No doubt some non driving pen pusher decided this
No doubt some non driving pen pusher decided this I know who I am
  • Score: 4

12:34pm Thu 7 Aug 14

sidthesexist says...

So if high kerbs are good enough for two lanes to opened on one side, why not fit high kerbs on both sides, so that both lanes on each side can be opened?
So if high kerbs are good enough for two lanes to opened on one side, why not fit high kerbs on both sides, so that both lanes on each side can be opened? sidthesexist
  • Score: 8

4:20pm Thu 7 Aug 14

s6blr says...

More bodge jobs by TfB = More expense, less roads fixed but boy ain't they doing a great job!
More bodge jobs by TfB = More expense, less roads fixed but boy ain't they doing a great job! s6blr
  • Score: 5

2:58pm Fri 8 Aug 14

jayeatman says...

sidthesexist wrote:
So if high kerbs are good enough for two lanes to opened on one side, why not fit high kerbs on both sides, so that both lanes on each side can be opened?
Because the two sides are different: For most of the Westbound side there is a crash barrier and two lanes are already open. On the eastbound side and a short bit of the westbound is the dodgy concrete wall.
Perhaps it also depends on what is under the wall? If it's just grass then it wouldn't matter so much if the wall fell on to it!
[quote][p][bold]sidthesexist[/bold] wrote: So if high kerbs are good enough for two lanes to opened on one side, why not fit high kerbs on both sides, so that both lanes on each side can be opened?[/p][/quote]Because the two sides are different: For most of the Westbound side there is a crash barrier and two lanes are already open. On the eastbound side and a short bit of the westbound is the dodgy concrete wall. Perhaps it also depends on what is under the wall? If it's just grass then it wouldn't matter so much if the wall fell on to it! jayeatman
  • Score: 0

10:42am Sat 9 Aug 14

sidthesexist says...

jayeatman wrote:
sidthesexist wrote:
So if high kerbs are good enough for two lanes to opened on one side, why not fit high kerbs on both sides, so that both lanes on each side can be opened?
Because the two sides are different: For most of the Westbound side there is a crash barrier and two lanes are already open. On the eastbound side and a short bit of the westbound is the dodgy concrete wall.
Perhaps it also depends on what is under the wall? If it's just grass then it wouldn't matter so much if the wall fell on to it!
And what is stopping them from fitting a crash barrier to the other side? not exactly rocket science....
[quote][p][bold]jayeatman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sidthesexist[/bold] wrote: So if high kerbs are good enough for two lanes to opened on one side, why not fit high kerbs on both sides, so that both lanes on each side can be opened?[/p][/quote]Because the two sides are different: For most of the Westbound side there is a crash barrier and two lanes are already open. On the eastbound side and a short bit of the westbound is the dodgy concrete wall. Perhaps it also depends on what is under the wall? If it's just grass then it wouldn't matter so much if the wall fell on to it![/p][/quote]And what is stopping them from fitting a crash barrier to the other side? not exactly rocket science.... sidthesexist
  • Score: 1

3:13pm Sun 10 Aug 14

J B Blackett says...

Perhaps they ought to kerb their enthusiasm for traffic jams and accidents in Wycombe while they are at it.
Perhaps they ought to kerb their enthusiasm for traffic jams and accidents in Wycombe while they are at it. J B Blackett
  • Score: 0

6:08pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Very much concerned says...

If the flyover is good for two decades then the alternative route is not required now and funds cans be spent across the county bringing roads up to a decent state.
If the flyover is good for two decades then the alternative route is not required now and funds cans be spent across the county bringing roads up to a decent state. Very much concerned
  • Score: 0

6:30pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Wyc4me says...

Why not just demolish the flyover and replace it with a flat dual carriageway there by by keeping the connection between east and west Wycombe open?

Wouldn't that be better than having a whole new road layout?
Why not just demolish the flyover and replace it with a flat dual carriageway there by by keeping the connection between east and west Wycombe open? Wouldn't that be better than having a whole new road layout? Wyc4me
  • Score: 0

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