Battle for Packhorse Road almost over
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.