Why build a new road?
THE Beaconsfield Relief Road proposal is part of the Wilton Park development , in London End, a 37.5 hectare former Ministry of Defence site that has been earmarked for up to 350 homes, a community facility and recreational facilities by Amersham-based Inland Homes.
The relief road gained planning permission “in principle” from Buckinghamshire County Council Development Control Committee in August 2017.
The proposal is to build a road between the A355/Maxwell Road and Wilton Park on land to the east of the town in a bid to ease traffic problems and cut congestion in Beaconsfield Old Town.
The plans are designed to divert traffic away from the A355 and the London Road roundabout, which suffer long delays and traffic jams because of a number of bottlenecks along the road.
It is also hoped the plans will “meet the demands of future growth in the surrounding area”.
The road would be approximately 1km in length and would tie into the existing A355 at the northern end via a new three-arm roundabout. Access to Maxwell Road and Hyde Green would be from a priority controlled T-junction to the south of the new roundabout. At the southern end it would connect with a permitted new roundabout and network of new roads, which are planned to serve a proposed mixed-use development at Wilton Park, providing a link through to the Pyebush roundabout and south to the M40.
The development also includes a 3m wide shared cycleway/pedestrian path on the western side of the new road and a crossing for pedestrians and cyclists where the new road meets the existing public right of way.
The road is due to be completed in March 2019.