cross­rAil chAos for vil­lAgers

Con­cerns over knock-on ef­fect of rail de­vel­op­ment

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @Jack­_84_A­bell

CON­CERNS have been raised about the im­pact the Cross­rail de­vel­op­ment could have on South Bucks.

Work has been tak­ing place on the pro­ject, which is de­signed to make trav­el­ling across the cap­i­tal eas­ier, while also im­prov­ing ac­cess to Lon­don for peo­ple liv­ing in South Bucks.

Iver is one of the lo­ca­tions which will be linked to Cross­rail, and work has been tak­ing place in and around the vil­lage since last year in or­der to get the pro­ject up and run­ning.

How­ever, peo­ple liv­ing in nearby Lan­g­ley say the work which is tak­ing place in their vil­lage could have a knock on ef­fect for South Bucks.

Tim Arnold, who lives in the area, said: “Pro­pos­als by Net­work to per­ma­nently close Mar­ket Lane in Lan­g­ley as part of Cross­rail will have a dele­te­ri­ous ef­fect on thou­sands of peo­ple trav­el­ling to and from South Bucks.

“The junc­tion with Hol­low Hill Lane, un­der the rail­way bridge, is one of three roads be­tween the vil­lage and Iver. So, at a stroke, the area will lose a third of its com­muter routes.

“Most of the traf­fic will be pushed through Lan­g­ley Vil­lage, which is al­ready traf­fic calmed.

“The re­sult will be traf­fic chaos, not just for the peo­ple of Lan­g­ley, but also for mo­torists from South Bucks want­ing to con­nect with Slough and the M4.

“I am a big fan of the rail in­dus­try, but th­ese pro­pos­als are un­rea­son­able, un­work­able and un­ac­cept­able.

“The sec­re­tary of state for trans­port should give a Com­mons un­der­tak­ing that th­ese ideas will be ditched.”

What do you think of the im­pact that Cross­rail could have on South Bucks? Email our let­ters page at buck­snews@ trin­i­ to let us know your thoughts.

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