Iver relief road still on the table despite opposition from Slough

Plans for a future relief road for Iver village are still being promoted by a “strategy group” comprising local councillors in Bucks in spite of opposition to the scheme from neighbouring Slough Borough Council.

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A new group comprising county, district and parish councillors representing The Ivers has been set up, partly to establish whether or not there is a business case for an Iver Relief Road.

The Ivers Members Liaison Group was set up following publication of a Traffic and Transport Study last Autumn, to advance improvements for residents in Iver, Iver Heath and Richings Park.  It is led by chair Paul Irwin, deputy cabinet member for transport for Buckinghamshire County Council and will meet early in February.

Top of the agenda, the new group is to consider the feasibility of five possible routes that remain on the table despite significant barriers and is bullish about success.

Cllr Irwin said in a statement:

“The progress we’re making is testament to the good working relationship between the councils, which means co-ordinated thinking and a united stand. Having access to local knowledge about residents’ priorities means we can get on with the job in hand quickly and effectively.”

The group’s vice chair, Nick Naylor, deputy leader and cabinet member for sustainable development at South Bucks District Council, said he was pleased with the way the group had come together to address local concerns:

“As a result, we have been able to develop a clear direction forward and identification of what is needed to relieve some of the most pressing transport problems.”

The study by Bucks County Council found that key lorry generating sites in Iver itself were the main cause of HGV pinch points, and that any scheme to alleviate HGVs would need to tackle one or more of these at source.  

Earlier this month, Slough Borough Council published a paper of its own claiming that rather than being a “silver bullet”, a relief road is likely to make congestion far worse in the area by attracting motorway traffic and freeing up HGV movements.

The group is also looking at how best to spend £500,000 of developer contribution funding for ‘sustainable travel projects’ and after consulting residents is backing their preferred option for a walking and cycle route connecting Iver Heath and Iver village.  A number of other important local topics are being considered, including a minerals extraction plan, the Western Rail Link to Heathrow airport,  Heathrow expansion, and the relocation of the Heathrow Express depot to Langley.

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