Solution’s in sight to danger road problem
Consultation held to discuss Packhorse Road layout
AN END could be on the horizon after years of complaints about a road layout which villagers believe to be dangerous.
Since a new set of traffic lights was installed outside Tesco, in Packhorse Road, in 2010, people living in Gerrards Cross have been concerned that the new layout of the road has led to an increase in traffic congestion while also being dangerous for pedestrians.
In that time, a working party set up on behalf of Gerrards Cross Parish Council carried out a survey which found that nearly 90 per cent of the people surveyed believed the road to be unsafe.
Following this, Bucks County Council held a public exhibition at which various options for improving the road layout were discussed, and a consultation process was then held asking villagers for their preferred choice.
Since then, however, the county council announced that the road could not be changed due to insufficient funds, which prompted Tesco to declare that it would fund part of the cost.
The supermarket is now in the process of putting plans together to remove the Station Road traffic lights while also installing a crossing on Road closer chemist.
Parish council chairman Chris Brown said: “It’s all quite positive at the moment. It’s moving forward in stages and the first thing which will happen will be masking out the lights in Packhorse Road to see if that improves traffic flow, pedestrian Packhorse to Boots which we’re all sure that it will. Then if that proves to be the case, the plans will move forward and hopefully the whole area will be improved.
“It has taken a long time and things have been very frustrating at times, but it’s all moving forward in the right direction at the moment and we’re really pleased.”
A meeting is set to take place between Tesco, the parish council and the district council later this month, with a view to masking out the lights as soon as possible.
What do you think? Will masking out the Packhorse Road lights make a difference to traffic flow? Email our letters page at bucksnews@ trinitysouth.co.uk.
Parish council chairman Chris Brown