The HS2 Road Safety Fund
The government has made funding available to address issues that have been created or made worse by the construction of High Speed 2 (HS2).
Buckinghamshire has an HS2 Road Safety Fund of £3.95 million, which will be allocated in a series of tranches up to 2026.
The funding can be used towards the costs of:
- traffic calming measures
- safer pedestrian crossings
- safer junctions for pedestrians, equestrians, cyclists and drivers
In 2021, £1 million was made available for the first tranche of funding.
We received 35 applications for road safety schemes with an estimated total cost in excess of £4 million.
We have now approved 17 schemes which will contribute to a long term legacy of safer roads.
Approved schemes for tranche 1
The following road safety schemes have been approved by Buckinghamshire Council for delivery:
- Speed Indicator Devices for use at Westbury, Quainton and Waddesdon
- improved visibility of School Hill/Werner Terrace junction at Charndon
- white edge marking to various stretches of the A4010
- improved visibility of Bradenham Wood Lane junction with the A4010
- traffic calming measures on the A4010 at Bradenham and improved warnings/visibility of the Chiltern Rail bridge
- a pedestrian crossing outside Hyde Heath Infant School
- a shared surface foot/cyclepath between Gaydon and the Freemantle Nursing Home
- a pedestrian crossing on A422 at Westbury
- traffic calming measures on A4010 at Saunderton
- traffic calming measures at entrances to Water Stratford
- an upgrade (including provision for cyclists) and improved visibility of zebra crossing outside Stoke Mandeville Combined School
- parking restrictions around bus stops on Brackley Lane at Calvert
- installation of high kerbing to prevent parking outside the Esso and BP/M&S petrol stations on A40 at Denham
£1.6 million has been made available for the second tranche of funding in 2022 and applications for a further 39 road safety schemes with an estimated collective cost in excess of £6.75 million have been submitted.
All schemes have now been through stage 1 assessment by a panel of technical officers and have been scored and ranked, with recommendations approved by the RSF Board. The following schemes have been recommended for approval without the need for further assessment:
- SID for use on A418 Oxford Road, Stone
- Sentinal Device and 4 x SID posts for Quainton
- installation of Speed Restriction warning signs and the widening of bel-mouth at junction of School Hill with Perry Hill, Charndon
- improved warning signage on various roads in Gawcott
- 2 x MVAS for use on Edgcott Road, Grendon Underwood
- MVAS for Steeple Claydon
A further six, more complex schemes have been recommended to go forward for stage 2 assessment. Until this work has been completed, it will not be possible to confirm all of the schemes which can be accommodated within the second tranche of funding:
- a zebra crossing at Robertswood School, Chalfont St. Peter
- a footpath at Wotton Road, Ashenden
- raising of existing zebra crossings on Deanway and High Street, Chalfant St Giles
- new Puffin crossing on A418 opposite Church Street, Wing
- pavement along A355 between Led borough Lane and Long Bottom Lane, Beaconsfield Traffic calming measures on A4129 at Kingsey
Any applicants who believe their application has been incorrectly assessed at stage 1 may appeal the decision by sending an email setting out their grounds for appeal, within 28 days to [email protected]
A final tranche of funding is likely to be launched in 2023 and further details will be provided soon.
If you have any queries, email [email protected].