GREEN LIGHT FOR CHANGE AT JUNCTION
Backing for work to improve safety of Packhorse Road
MORE than 90 per cent of respondants to a consultation are in favour of removing the traffic lights at a ‘dangerous’ Gerrards Cross junction.
It means work to improve the safety of Packhorse Road will finally go ahead after 372 residents, out of a total of 410, were in favour of implementing Phase 1.
With only 38 views against, Tesco and Bucks County Council (BCC) will now start carrying out this first phase, which is subject to a six-month trial period.
As Phase 1 included the introduction of a pedestrian crossing, BCC was required to undertake a consultation, which was completed on December 22.
Tesco will have to fund the changes, with BCC paying for the resurfacing of the highways. The next step is the detailed planning and costing of the changes by Tesco and BCC.
The plans are in two phases – the first will be along Station Road and second will be the Tesco junction changes. The plan for this part will be dependent on the results of the work along Station Road.
Town council chairman Chris Brown said: “It’s been a very long battle. There’s been a lot of obstacles in the way but we’re getting closer to a solution.”
He added: “I think they [the residents] are going to be very happy we have finally got the thing under way.”
According to Mr Brown the work had to be done in two phases as it was not possible to close the area for an extended period of time. The trial period, he said, was to determine the success of the first phase before implementing Phase 2.
He said: “We are very pleased we got the consultation finished before the end of the year. It’s on track. We’re very pleased about it, it’s brilliant news. It means it’s finally going to happen. There’s a lot more to do, we have to keep this on track now.”
Any changes are subject to the agreement of BCC and to funding being available.
‘Very happy’: Cllr Chris Brown, far right, with fellow campaigners Mike Lawson, Ros Hurn and Philip Sellers have been highlighting the issues with the traffic lights for several years