Green light for ‘dan­ger’ junc­tion work

Town coun­cil chair­man ‘pleased’ that im­prove­ments are to be made to con­tro­ver­sial town cen­tre road dubbed ‘not fit for pur­pose’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by TOM HER­BERT tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

A TOWN coun­cil chair­man has wel­comed the news that work to rem­edy the safety of a “dan­ger­ous” road junc­tion will go ahead.

Chris Brown said he is pleased that work was due to start on Mon­day on im­prove­ments to the Pack­horse Road and Sta­tion Road junc­tion in Ger­rards Cross town cen­tre, but he has urged cau­tion over the an­nounce­ment from Bucks County Coun­cil (BCC) fol­low­ing a pre­vi­ous false start.

Last Au­gust, BCC an­nounced that work was due to start dur­ing the Oc­to­ber half term hol­i­day, but this did not hap­pen.

The long-awaited work, which will see a new raised sec­tion of road in­stalled at the crossroads with Ethorpe Close and ex­ist­ing traf­fic lights re­moved, marks the cul­mi­na­tion of an on­go­ing, multi-year saga.

Both the town coun­cil and towns­folk cam­paigned to fix the junc­tion, which has been dubbed “dan­ger­ous” and “not fit for pur­pose”.

Phase one will also in­clude a new lights-con­trolled pedes­trian cross­ing op­po­site the dry clean­ers, in Pack­horse Road.

The works, which Tesco is fund­ing, will be car­ried out by its con­trac­tors dur­ing the school hol­i­days and com­pleted in Septem­ber.

It fol­lows a BCC con­sul­ta­tion on op­tions for im­prov­ing traf­fic and pedes­trian flows through the town cen­tre.

The re­moval of the traf­fic lights at the crossroads was the pre­ferred choice.

The con­sul­ta­tion, car­ried out in De­cem­ber 2015, found that more than 90% of peo­ple were in favour of re­mov­ing the traf­fic lights.

A BCC spokesman say the pedes­trian cross­ing lights will work in con­junc­tion with the traf­fic lights at the Sta­tion Ap­proach junc­tion with Pack­horse Road, to make it eas­ier to bal­ance the de­mands of pedes­tri­ans and mo­torists.

Mr Brown said: “I’m re­ally pleased we’ve come to a con­clu­sion now and we’re go­ing to get some ac­tion.

“There’s more to come yet, but we’re all very pleased about that and fin­gers are crossed for next Mon­day.

“Thanks to all our res­i­dents for all their sup­port they’ve given us and keep­ing on Tesco’s case, and thanks to Tesco for putting up the money.

“We’re very pleased about that and hope we can get a suc­cess­ful con­clu­sion.”

Mark Shaw,Shaw BCC deputy leader and trans­port cabi­net mem­ber, said the raised sec­tion at the crossroads would not only slow traf­fic, but also help peo­ple cross the road at the same level as the pave­ment.

He said: “I’m de­lighted this work is be­ing done and it’s tes­ta­ment to great part­ner­ship work­ing be­tween Tesco, Ger­rards Cross Town Coun­cil and the county coun­cil.”

Cam­paign­ers Mike Law­son, Ros Hurn, Philip Sell­ers and Chris Brown. In­set above, Mark Shaw, cabi­net mem­ber for trans­port, is ‘de­lighted’ a date has been set for work on the junc­tion

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