Pe­ti­tion­ers thanked for their pres­sure to get a re­lief road

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.”

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