If HS2 is scrapped what will happen to Aylesbury's link-road?

If HS2 is scrapped what will happen to Aylesbury's link-road?

Published by Charlotte Fisher at 5:56am 24th July 2019.

What will happen to the link-road strategy in Aylesbury if HS2 is scrapped?

That's the question Phil Yerby, from the Hampden Fields Action Group, has been asking.

Earlier this month we say updated plans for the South East Aylesbury Link Road and the Eastern Link Road.

Phil believes there is no Plan B or contingency plan in place if the high-speed line doesn't go ahead but sees this as an opportunity:

"Let's be clear, HS2 are paying for a number of the link-roads and bridges that are needed.

"It would be almost impossible for the link road strategy, which I am against anyway, to continue.

"It would need a major rethink.

"But, that is a good thing for Aylesbury, that gives us the opportunity to plan the infrastructure."

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Phil has been against the link road strategy since the beginning.

After the chaos on the A41 with roadworks over the last few weeks, he thinks this is just the start of problems for Aylesbury.

He told us the link-road will bring lots of delays, especially as the development is being done byt he same people - by Buckinghamshire County Council and Taylor Wimpey.

Phil added:

"There has not even been a correct road survey done since 2005.

"That is where Bucks County Council have gone wrong.

"So, there won't be a plan B I'm afraid.

"It's up to us as residents to call them to account to make sure there is a plan B because if there isn't we will be left in limbo again for another 10 years."

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BCC gave us this response to Phil's claims

Mark Shaw, Deputy Leader and Transport Cabinet Member, said:

"The Aylesbury Link Roads network plan, which forms an orbital route to provide corridors to take traffic out of the town centre, is predicated on the availability of government funding and developer contributions.

"A significant amount of this funding is now available and our planning continues to move forward.

"The majority of links contain no link to funding from HS2.

"However, HS2 are funding a planned relief road for Stoke Mandeville that connects with the orbital link road network, and also a bridge over the Aylesbury to London railway line.

"As HS2 is established by Parliamentary Act, we have taken a responsible approach to planning around it, while still maintaining our opposition to it.

"If HS2 were to be cancelled the Council would identify opportunities to ensure the continued development of the orbital."

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