So­lu­tion’s in sight to dan­ger road prob­lem

Con­sul­ta­tion held to dis­cuss Pack­horse Road lay­out

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

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@ trin­i­

Parish coun­cil chair­man Chris Brown


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