Work­shops put re­lief road plans un­der scru­tiny

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

PLANS for a re­lief road be­tween Bea­cons­field and Amer­sham are set to go on dis­play to the pub­lic.

Bucks County Coun­cil of­fi­cers will host a three hour drop in exhibition and work­shop on Fri­day, April 22 at Bea­cons­field Town Hall from 3pm to 6pm.

The pro­posed A355 Re­lief Road project is listed as one of the county coun­cil’s high pri­or­ity trans­port schemes, which se­cured £6m fund­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Buck­ing­hamshire Thames Val­ley Lo­cal En­ter­prise Part­ner­ship in 2014.

It is de­signed to ease traf­fic through Bea­cons­field, and to di­vert it around the town as much as pos­si­ble.

Out­line plans, now re­fined fol­low­ing a work­shop in Oc­to­ber for lo­cal groups and stake­hold­ers to look at sev­eral op­tions, will be on dis­play show­ing the pro­posed route be­tween Pye­bush Round­about and Maxwell Road junc­tion.

Mark Shaw, cab­i­net mem­ber for trans­port, said that the aim of the exhibition and work­shop was to col­lect feed­back from peo­ple to help of­fi­cers put to­gether the de­tailed re­lief road plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion.

Mr Shaw said: “This is an im­por­tant scheme. We only get one crack at ma­jor schemes like these, and we want to make sure we get it right.

“Lo­cal res­i­dents and lo­cal groups have good lo­cal knowl­edge and can help us avoid ex­pen­sive er­rors, which is why we’re meet­ing with them at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals.”

De­tailed plans, which will form the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion, are ex­pected to be fin­ished by the sum­mer, when there will be a for­mal pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion. Bea­cons­field mayor John Read has pre­vi­ously backed plans for the re­lief road. He said: “The idea for a re­lief road has ex­isted in Bea­cons­field for decades, and as long as it’s done cor­rectly it will have a big im­pact on Lon­don End and re­lieve a lot of the traf­fic there.”

What do you think? Will the re­lief road make a dif­fer­ence? Email our let­ters page at buck­snews@ trin­i­tysouth.co.uk.

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