A £3.7 million plan to covert two one-way roads in High Wycombe to allow traffic to go in both directions will go on public display this week.

Under the plans, which form part of the £14.5 million Town Centre Masterplan, Queen Victoria Road and Easton Street would become two-way in a bid to improve traffic flow, create more capacity for vehicles, and take pressure off the Abbey Way gyratory.

The proposals will go on display at a Buckinghamshire County Council marquee in the High Street, near the Guildhall, from 10am to 3pm on Friday and Saturday.

A public consultation, which launched today (Wednesday), wants residents’ and businesses’ views on the plans, which include remodelling two junctions in the town centre – the High Street crossroads and the Easton Street exit on to London Road – and synchronising all the traffic lights with signals further up on Crendon Street.

Transport bosses also said a proposed new footpath through the former library garden, on the corner of the High Street, would allow Queen Victoria Road to be widened to allow “safe traffic flow in both directions”, adding that the masterplan aims to “make the centre of High Wycombe safer and more attractive for shoppers, visitors and businesses”.

The masterplan is jointly funded by Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP), Wycombe District Council (WDC) and Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC).

The scheme would include pavement improvements, two informal crossing points, a bus stop layby outside the Baptist Church and keeping the on-street parking in Easton Street.

Mark Shaw, BCC deputy leader and transport cabinet member, said county and Wycombe District Council officers would be on hand at the drop-in exhibition to explain the plans and answer questions.

He said: “This scheme aims to encourage visitors, shoppers and businesses into the town, and help them by reducing their journey times.

“We want to make it safer and better for motorists and pedestrians who use the busy town centre roads, and I’d encourage people to take part in the consultation because it’s important to listen to them, and modify our plans accordingly.”

David Johncock, WDC’s cabinet member for planning and sustainability said: “We really want to make High Wycombe a much better place for everyone to live, work and visit.

“To that end, one of the things we are doing is to make the centre of the town more pedestrian friendly and less car centric.

“We are achieving this by building the alternate route and it’s marvellous to note that we are now almost half-way through this ambitious project and looking ahead to the next key phases.

“I know people are a bit fed-up at the moment with the continual roadworks but this will really be worthwhile in the end and will unlock so much of the town’s potential.”

Richard Harrington, BTVLEP chief executive, said: “We are pleased to see this BTVLEP supported road scheme progressing well, which aims to improve traffic flow in and around High Wycombe Town Centre to improve traffic management, and thereby support improvements and regeneration in the town centre.”

The consultation will run until January 12. To view it, visit www.buckscc.gov.uk/qvr.