Roads in six Bucks towns could be given an overhaul thanks to half a million pounds of funding from the government - but the plans already seem to be proving controversial.

Six temporary schemes to help make travelling on the roads safer after the coronavirus lockdown have been revealed, including pop-up cycleways, more cycle parking and temporary one-way roads.

But council leader Martin Tett said he had already received three anti-temporary cycle route complaints, suggesting not everyone is thrilled with the plans.

In High Wycombe, upgrades will be made to roads to create safer routes for cyclists travelling east to west through the town.

And from Chalfont St Peter to Gerrards Cross, back roads will be closed to through traffic in a bid to create "quiet" streets that the council hopes will be safer and "more attractive" for walking and cycling.

In Amersham, road space will be re-allocated to create pop-up cycle routes around Amersham-on-the-Hill, with improved links to Amersham station, schools and business areas.

In Aylesbury, improved cycle corridors through Southcourt for connections to Stoke Mandeville Hospital and Aylesbury town centre will be created and a one-way system for vehicles in Turnfurlong to improve walking and cycling access to the three secondary schools - while also trying to tackle congestion and problem parking hotspots.

In Haddenham, existing road space will also be re-allocated to allow cyclists to safely use the road going east to west, to help maintain social distancing and healthy travel to school.

More detailed plans are currently being drawn up but residents are being encouraged to give their feedback on the ideas, which will be funded from a government cash boost of £514,000.

Nick Naylor, cabinet member for transport at Buckinghamshire Council, said there has been an increase in levels of cycling and walking during lockdown, and the council had received requests for new measures to support changing travel patterns.

"These will be temporary schemes, using temporary materials," he said.

"Recovery from this pandemic is a new journey for all of us, and we'll be learning from these schemes, which is why we want to keep the doors open for people's feedback, so that we can make adjustments while they're in operation.

"Now is a good time to grasp new opportunities that will be better for people's health, and promote improvements to the environment."

Cllr Naylor said the lessons learned from these six temporary schemes will help determine whether they become permanent, and also inform the council's thinking about other locations across the county.

The initial funding of £514,000 is part of an expected total of £2.35 million secured through a successful bid to the Department for Transport for a programme of emergency active travel proposals.

Depending on how far the cash stretches, two other schemes could also be introduced - in Buckingham and from Marlow to High Wycombe - but a decision will not be taken on this until later in the summer.

The initiative has been welcomed by Clive Harriss, cabinet member for sport and leisure.

"These schemes give us a perfect opportunity to think about changing some of our travel habits, particularly with cycling and walking, in a way which can be better for our towns, better for our health and better for our communities," he said.

Clive, who is also Aylesbury Garden Town Cycling Champion, added: "I'm sure this work will complement and help fund improvements we've been looking at in Aylesbury, and also inform our thinking about possible improvements in High Wycombe Town Centre."

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