‘Dan­ger­ous road’ call as ac­tion is de­layed

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

FRUS­TRA­TION is grow­ing about a lack of ac­tion to im­prove a road junc­tion which vil­lagers be­lieve to be dan­ger­ous.

Ger­rards Cross Parish coun­cil has been at­tempt­ing to set up a meet­ing with new county coun­cil trans­port chief Ruth Vigor-Hed­derly to dis­cuss the sit­u­a­tion re­gard­ing the lay­out of a traf­fic light sys­tem in Pack­horse Road, out­side Tesco.

Vil­lagers want the road to be changed to make it eas­ier for pedes­tri­ans to ne­go­ti­ate, as well as im­prov­ing traf­fic flow through the cen­tre of Pack­horse Road.

Two years ago, a work­ing party was set up on be­half of the parish coun­cil to ask peo­ple in the vil­lage what they thought of the sit­u­a­tion, with about 90 per cent of the 2,000 peo­ple in­ter­viewed say­ing they be­lieved the road to be dan­ger­ous.

Fol­low­ing this, a con­sul­ta­tion was launched by the county coun­cil to dis­cuss op­tions for the road, but since then it has said that there is not suf­fi­cient money to carry out im­prove­ments.

Tesco said it would be pre­pared to put money for­ward to help im­prove the sit­u­a­tion, but the county coun­cil has not yet met with parish coun­cil­lors to dis­cuss how to take the is­sue for­ward.

Parish coun­cil­lor Mike Law­son, chair­man of the high­ways com­mit­tee, said: “I might die be­fore some­thing hap­pens with this. We can’t get any­thing fi­nalised.”

The meet­ing with Mrs Vigor-Hed­derly, which had been sched­uled to take place this month, was can­celled and a new date has not yet been set up.

Mr Law­son added: “It will prob­a­bly not be this year now. It’s dis­ap­point­ing, just pa­thetic. ”

Mrs Vigor-Hed­derly said: “High­way junc­tion de­sign work in­volves much plan­ning and re­search, not

Ruth Vigor-Hed­derly to men­tion the as­sur­ance of fund­ing, I know this ap­pears to be tak­ing a long time, but I want to avoid the ‘back of a fag packet’ fac­tor so that we achieve the best re­sult for ev­ery­one.”


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