New roundabout will ‘open opportunities for Westcott Venture Park’
A temporary 40mph speed limit comes into force on the A41 at Westcott on Monday (10 February) when contractors start the main work on building a new roundabout.
The £2 million project, aiming to make the junction with High Street safer, is expected to be completed by the autumn. The roundabout will replace a T-junction and provide a new dedicated access to Westcott Venture Park, one of three sites in Aylesbury Vale’s Enterprise Zone, which specialises in high-tech research, development and testing in satellite and future propulsion systems.
Contractors have already started diverting utilities and this week (w/b 3 February) began carefully transplanting a hedgerow and root system in High Street ahead of work on creating the roundabout.
The 40mph section will remain throughout construction and at certain times temporary three-way lights are needed to control traffic flows. Lights will be in operation on Wednesday 12 February between 7am and 4pm.
Paul Irwin, Buckinghamshire County Council’s Deputy Transport Cabinet Member, says the roundabout will not only significantly improve how the junction operates, but also create opportunities to expand the area’s economy.
“The Venture Park is one of the leading edge technology business jewels in Buckinghamshire’s crown,” said Paul. “With the roundabout in place and increased capacity at the junction by the end of the year, I’m sure it’ll open up opportunities for this world-leading enterprise zone.
“It’ll also make a big contribution to safety for residents of Westcott and Ashendon, who’ve been pressing for a roundabout for a long time.”
Paul said the roundabout and access scheme is the result of collaboration between the County Council and Westcott Venture Park. Funding has come from the National Productivity Investment Fund, the Local Transport Body, and Westcott Venture Park.
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