Emergency walking and cycling schemes due to coronavirus
We are introducing a range of measures to support people getting back to work, school, shopping and leisure activities as lockdown restrictions gradually ease.
As part of a £514,000 investment we are implementing a programme of ‘pop-up’ and temporary emergency active travel schemes to support people making local journeys on foot or by bike .
These schemes will be implemented before the end of September 2020, on a temporary basis. Schemes may be ‘tweaked’ following implementation in response to feedback and performance.
We would also welcome views on whether any measures implemented should be converted to permanent improvements later in the year.
Over the next two months we will focus on:
- widening and extending footways and cycleways
- junction closures and new one-way systems that make it safer for walking and cycling
- encouraging more journeys by bike
- additional cycle parking
The first set of schemes is listed below. We will be sharing more detailed information about the schemes we are putting in place as they become available.
Reallocation of road space to create pop-up cycleways around Amersham, with improved active travel links to Amersham station, local schools and business areas.
Improved cycle corridors through Southcourt for improved connections to Stoke Mandeville Hospital and Aylesbury Town Centre.
A one-way system for vehicular traffic on Turnfurlong to improve sustainable access to the Aylesbury schools campus, helping to reduce local congestion and problem parking hotspots.
Upgrades to the existing cycleway through High Wycombe to increase protection for cyclists.
Chalfont St Peter to Gerrards Cross
We intend to create a temporary quietway between Chalfont St Peter High Street and Gerrard’s Cross Station. Decorative planters will be added to prevent vehicular access to the area, though residential and business access will be maintained. While these measures are in place, through traffic will be redirected via the A413, making the route safer and more attractive for walking and cycling.
Decorative planters will be situated at the following locations:
- Lower Road – south of the junction to Chiltern Hill
- Lower Road – south of the junction to Claydon Lane
- Lower Road – north of the junction to South Park
- South Park – north of junction to Oak End Way
In addition to the point closures, a temporary road closure to all traffic will be present between the existing A413 Amersham Road exit and South Park. Alternative routes are available.
Journeys by private vehicles may be marginally extended as a consequence of this temporary trial. However, in addition to supporting more trips by bike and on foot, this scheme will help make local roads quieter by redirecting longer-distance ‘rat running’ through-traffic.
We are adding a temporary eastbound advisory cycle lane, indicated by broken white lines, on Thame Road. The cycle lane will start around 40 metres east of the access road to Haddenham and Thame Parkway Station and finish just past the Fort End junction on Banks Road.
To do this, we will:
- repair the carriageway surface before installing the cycle lane (where needed)
- clear vegetation to improve visibility
- extend waiting restrictions to ensure the cycle lane is clear of parked vehicles
- add an advisory 20mph speed limit along the route and extend it all the way to the Woodways junction with Stanbridge Road
- ensure cyclists have priority at the existing kerb build outs along the route
Due to the varying width of the carriageway, we are unable to install two-way advisory cycle lanes on Thame Road or any cycle lanes on Woodways.
If funding allows we will also consider the creation of various temporary cycle routes in Buckingham and a new temporary cycle route between Marlow to High Wycombe.