Bat­tle for Pack­horse Road al­most over

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

WORK to im­prove the safety of a ‘dan­ger­ous’ road junc­tion in Ger­rards Cross will fi­nally go ahead fol­low­ing a four year bat­tle by the parish coun­cil.

Bucks County Coun­cil (BCC) has agreed to a con­sul­ta­tion on Phase 1 of the works to rem­edy the long-stand­ing sit­u­a­tion on Pack­horse Road.

It would see the re­moval of a set of traf­fic lights sit­u­ated at the junc­tion with Sta­tion Road and the re­in­state­ment of a pedes­trian cross­ing.

If the con­sul­ta­tion is suc­cess­ful work is ex­pected to start in the sec­ond quar­ter of 2016.

Parish coun­cil chair­man Chris Brown said in a state­ment: “Af­ter a fouryear bat­tle on be­half of our res­i­dents, Ger­rards Cross Parish Coun­cil is pleased to an­nounce that the Bucks County Coun­cil con­sul­ta­tion on Phase 1 of fix­ing the prob­lems with the Pack­horse Road Traf­fic lights is fi­nally go­ing ahead.

“Phase 1 is the re­moval of the traf­fic light at the junc­tion of the Pack­horse Road with Sta­tion Road/ Ethorpe Cres­cent and the re­in­state­ment of the pedes­trian cross­ing out­side Boots.

“If the con­sul­ta­tion is suc­cess­ful and our res­i­dents ap­prove this, we ex­pect work to start in the 2nd quar­ter of 2016.

“We would like to thank Tesco for their work in preparing the plans and fund­ing the changes.

“We would also like to thank Bucks County Coun­cil for the resur­fac­ing of Pack­horse Road and the raised pedes­trian cross­ings that will make it safer for ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing the dis­abled and par­tially sighted.

“And we would like to thank all our res­i­dents who have sup­ported us on this over the years and look for­ward to making our town cen­tre safe for ev­ery­body.

Bucks cab­i­net mem­ber for trans­porta­tion, Mark Shaw, said: “It’s taken a long time to get it to this stage but we’re really pleased that on be­half of the res­i­dents we have been able to get to this stage of con­sul­ta­tion.”

He added: “We hope that as many res­i­dents as pos­si­ble take part in that con­sul­ta­tion which closes on De­cem­ber 22 so their views will be re­flected on the new junc­tion that will be cre­ated.”

Mr Shaw stressed the de­lay was not down to the county coun­cil but due to pro­tracted ne­go­ti­a­tions with Tesco.

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