MONTHS of major road disruption is expected as work gets underway to improve the A40 London Road corridor into High Wycombe.

The project, which aims to ease congestion by Micklefield Road Junction, involves replacing traffic lights with smart signals along the Loudwater to High Wycombe corridor to enable traffic to flow better.

This means there will be lane closures and footway closures from 8am to 5pm with work expected to be complete in October.

READ MORE: Man injured as road overturns on High Wycombe Road

Some night work will be necessary as part of the scheme, and temporary traffic lights will replace existing signals while work is taking place.

Highway workers will start the project, which also includes widening London Road, realigning lanes, upgrading crossings, and removing a bus lane, on Monday, July 20.

Bucks Free Press:

Nick Naylor, transport boss at Buckinghamshire Council, said: "This is an important route in and out of High Wycombe, and I understand people's frustrations when they get held up by congestion.

READ MORE: Boys threatened with Machete on London Road

“The new 'smart' traffic lights along the corridor will co-ordinate with each other to better manage traffic flow, and make journey times more reliable.

"We’ve completed a lot of work, but there's still a lot to do before we finish later this year, and we're doing our best to minimise delays.

READ MORE: Huge tree falls on road after blustery winds batter Bucks

“We’ve studied the latest traffic flow information and adjusted our working times to suit, and I hope people will bear with us. If there are delays, please accept our apologies."

One week after these new works get underway, on Monday, July 27, two weeks of road enhancements start at the Gordon Road junction.

Bucks Free Press:

Up to the end of the first week, until Friday 31 July, a short section of Gordon Road will be closed between the roundabout and Princes Gate to allow new cable ducting to be installed.

From Monday 3 August to Friday 7 August, the road will be closed between 8am and 5pm, and reopened every evening.

The £6.6 million scheme — a partnership project between Buckinghamshire Council and Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership with funding secured from the Local Growth Fund and the Department for Transport — involves improving six major junctions along the London Road corridor.

READ MORE: Roadworks taking place this week

It includes linking traffic lights using queue detection technology to help traffic flow better, installing six variable message signs, introducing five dedicated turning lanes, upgrading five pedestrian crossings, and installing one new crossing.

Junction improvements at Hatters Lane, Gomm Road and Rayners Avenue have already been completed, and traffic light control upgrades at Hammersley Lane will be done by October.