Bucks to hear views on Iver Relief Road
Iver residents are being invited to attend a public exhibition later this month by Bucks County Council to identify transport concerns arising from big infrastructure projects.
Buckinghamshire County Council has commissioned a Traffic and Transport Study to assess the cumulative impacts of major infrastructure projects on Iver, Iver Heath and Richings Park.
The move follows calls from resident bodies both sides of the M4. In May last year the Colnbrook Community Association called for “joined up” thinking to address the cumulative impact of schemes designed in isolation, while in October Iver Parish Council made a representation to the Transport Select Committee to “demonstrate leadership and ensure that a joined up approach to surface access is taken”.
However, restricted to The Ivers only, it risks inflaming existing tensions between communities with too narrow a study area.
The study is being conducted over the coming three months in partnership with South Bucks District Council and aims to draw up “a comprehensive view of current and future traffic and transport problems in the area” and will cover HGVs, private cars, public transport, walking and cycling. It will incorporate the expected future impacts of proposed nationally significant infrastructure developments in the area, such as HS2, the Heathrow Express Depot relocation to Langley, Western Rail Link to Heathrow, Crossrail and the M4 Smart Motorway (amongst others).
Once complete, the full four-stage study will play a key role in informing future transport and land use planning decisions for the Ivers by outlining any traffic and transport infrastructure measures which will be needed to ease these problems. The current Phase 1 study will be completed in September 2016.
The study is currently in its data collection phase. Traffic studies were carried out at the end of June and this data is now being analysed.
The study team is also meeting with representatives of each of the nationally significant infrastructure developments to better understand their proposals and the impact these would have on local traffic and transport conditions.
Whilst the study is still at a very early stage and no conclusions have been drawn, the public exhibition being held in two weeks will be an opportunity to incorporate local views, and an opportunity for attendees to find out more.
Information boards covering the likely impacts of the major infrastructure projects in the area will be on display, presenting the cumulative impacts of these national projects, the impact of HGVs in the area and air quality management measures being carried out by South Bucks District Council.
The event is being held between 2 and 8pm on Tuesday 26 July at Iver Village Hall.