Damaged A40 planters to be replaced

New granite features are to be installed on High Wycombe’s Alternative Route through the town.

They’ll replace six timber planters along the central reservation of the A40 West Wycombe Road and Oxford Road, High Wycombe, and will maintain the separation between the two lanes of traffic as part of the slow and steady approach to the Alternative Route.

The rectangular granite features will also be installed at each end of Westbourne Street, and in Desborough Road, near the junction with Rutland Street.

The planters were installed four years ago as part of the creation of High Wycombe’s Alternative Route, which opened up the dead end of Westbourne Street and provided another route through town to the roundabout at Marlow Hill.

Buckinghamshire Council is replacing them at a cost of £130,000, funded by developer contributions to transport projects, as planters were being damaged by errant vehicles.

Nick Naylor, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “These replacements are a win for everyone. They’ll maintain the safety of the approach to the town centre, improve the look of the road, and be easier to maintain.”

Work in West Wycombe Road and Oxford Road will be done overnight during the August school holidays, with a 6pm to 6am road closure from Monday 17 August to Wednesday 26 August, between The Pastures junction and Brook Street.

Overnight closures in Westbourne Street (Thursday 27 August to Monday 7 September) and in Desborough Road, from Bridge Street to Suffield Hill (Tuesday 8 to Friday 18 September) will allow granite features to be installed and maintenance and repair work to be carried out.