Progress is made on ‘dan­ger­ous’ junc­tion

Tesco ‘will­ing to con­trib­ute to im­prove­ments’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

and co-op­er­a­tion with path users and vol­un­teers have im­proved tremen­dously over the years.

“If I have helped to achieve that then I hope I have done a good job.” HOPE is grow­ing that work can take place this year to make safer a road that vil­lagers be­lieve to be dan­ger­ous.

Since 2012, Ger­rards Cross Parish Coun­cil has been lob­by­ing for im­prove­ments to be made to a sec­tion of Pack­horse Road out­side Tesco.

When the su­per­mar­ket was built in 2010, the lay­out of the road changed to in­clude a new traf­fic light junc­tion, but it has come un­der fire from vil­lagers, with con­cerns that it is dan­ger­ous for pedes­tri­ans to ne­go­ti­ate due to the width of the pave­ment in places, and that it is caus­ing traf­fic prob­lems in the cen­tre of the vil­lage at peak times.

A survey car­ried out by a work­ing party on be­half of the parish coun­cil showed that 90 per cent of the 2,000 peo­ple who gave their views be­lieved the road to be dan­ger­ous.

Bucks County Coun­cil car­ried out a con­sul­ta­tion to see how to best im­prove the road, but after this had taken place, it said that it did not have suf­fi­cient funds to carry out the changes.

Since then, Tesco has said that it would be will­ing to con­trib­ute to­wards the costs of mak­ing the im­prove­ments, but the parish coun­cil has been un­able to start ne­go­ti­a­tions with the county coun­cil.

How­ever, it is hoped that this year progress will be­gin to be made.

Parish coun­cil chair­man Chris Brown met last year with county coun­cil trans­port chief Ruth Vigor-Hed­derly, and since then a meet­ing has taken place be­tween Tesco and the county coun­cil.

Mr Brown said: “Hope­fully this year we will start to see ac­tion be­ing taken.

“It’s been a very slow process and there’s been a


lot of frus­tra­tion, but we’re hop­ing that we can get some­thing done.

“I’ve spo­ken with Ruth Vigor-Hed­derly and there have been en­cour­ag­ing signs, so it would be great if we can start get­ting things done this year.”


Res­i­dents by the traf­fic lights that are caus­ing prob­lems

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