Petitioners thanked for their pressure to get a relief road
CAMPAIGNERS and residents have been thanked for their efforts which could lead to a relief road being built to divert HGVs away from a village centre.
Iver Parish Council, as well as representatives from various residents’ associations in the area, last week presented petitions to the HS2 select committee.
They discussed the issues the village faces with HGVs travelling through the area to nearby trading estates - a problem which is set to be made worse after Iver and Iver Heath were selected by HS2 as being part of the potential route for HGVs when the high-speed rail line is being built.
Iver is also being affected by work on the Crossrail project and villagers feel that the area will not be able to cope with any extra traffic.
They have campaigned for a relief road to be built which could take HGV traffic away from Iver, and this could now happen.
The committee visited Iver earlier this month to see the problem first hand, and it has now been announced that HS2 has agreed to meet up to £1.4m of any future cost of building the road.
It also agreed that it would work with other transport projects in the area to mitigate the impact of HGV traffic in and around Iver.
As well as the work done by the parish council and residents’ associations, Bucks County Council worked with HS2 to secure the financial contribution.
A statement from Iver Parish Council said: “Bucks County Council has negotiated an agreement with HS2 to get a small contribution to our relief road with a number of caveats.
“Without the action by the local community, there would be no such agreement. It was a daunting experience.
“The ball is now in Bucks County Council’s court, and we will all be pressurising them to develop plans for taking a relief road forward to ensure the undertaking that HS2 have given is realised.”