Back­ing for work to im­prove safety of Pack­horse Road

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

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

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