Long-awaited work on a busy junction in Gerrards Cross is set to start next week.

Traffic lights at the main crossroads in the town centre will be removed and a new raised section of road will be installed in its place, after a five-year battle by the town council to get safety problems fixed at the “dangerous” junction.

Work at the Packhorse Road and Station Road junction will also include a new controlled pedestrian crossing opposite the dry cleaners in Packhorse Road.

Supermarket chain Tesco is funding the work, which will start next Monday (July 10) and be carried out over the school summer holidays.

It is expected to finish in September.

The work follows a Bucks County Council consultation on options for improving traffic through the town centre, where residents voted to remove the traffic lights.

Mark Shaw, deputy leader and transport cabinet member, said the raised section at the crossroads would not only slow traffic, but also help people cross the road at the same level as the pavement.

He said: “The pedestrian crossing lights will work in conjunction with the traffic lights at the Station Approach junction with Packhorse Road, and make it easier to balance the demands of pedestrians and motorists.

“I'm delighted this work is being done and it's testament to great partnership working between Tesco, Gerrards Cross Town Council and the County Council.”