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  Iver Relief Road
Posted by: kitkat - 06-10-2016, 11:02 AM - Forum: Transport & Roads - No Replies

I have been made aware of a proposal for a relief road for Iver Village. The road joins Langley park rd (near Wingroves farm shop) and Thorney lane north , (next to thorney business park). The proposed relief road is attached. Seems like a good solution for Richings Park residents if they force HGVs to use the relief road rather than thundering down our narrow streets.
.pdf   Relief Road South of Iver (1).pdf (Size: 2.1 MB / Downloads: 2466)

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  Bucks CC press release 30 September 2016 on Iver traffic study
Posted by: LisaP - 01-10-2016, 12:51 PM - Forum: Transport & Roads - No Replies

Redevelopment of one or more of Iver's business parks would significantly cut the number of lorries using Iver, according to a study commissioned by Buckinghamshire County Council.

The study, carried out by Odyssey Markides since June, is the first of a four-phase in-depth look at the area's traffic and transport issues, including the likely effects of major infrastructure schemes in the future.

Heavy goods vehicles are a long-standing bone of contention among residents of the wider Iver area, who have maintained a consistent campaign to cut the number through the village by building a relief road.

And three options for a relief road are among the study's proposals, along with improvements in Iver High Street to control parking.

Deputy Transport Cabinet Member Paul Irwin said the County Council had learned a great deal from the first part of the study.

He said: 'I understand residents have very strong feelings about the traffic issues in the area, and I know many will be looking for a solution now. While these findings collect together a lot of valuable information, we must finish the job to give us a big picture view so that we consider properly researched solutions.'

Paul has set up a steering group to include Iver parish councillors, district and county councillors to examine each of the four study phases, consider ideas and prioritise achievable recommendations.

They will spend the next few months looking at the study's findings, which identified nine key lorry generating sites, measured traffic flows, congestion locations and heavy good vehicle pinch points. It also identified major infrastructure projects that would increase lorry traffic, and recommended a speed limit review.

Study researchers found that while, nationally, lorries make up just over 5% of all traffic, at pinch points in Richings Way and Thorney Lane South the figure reached 20%.

Most of Iver's heavy goods vehicle traffic - around 1,900 movements a day, says the study - is generated at Thorney Business Park, Ridgeway Trading Estate and Court Lane. It's the conversion of one or more of these estates to housing the study says would be necessary to reduce lorry levels.

The study also suggests three options for an Iver village relief road, along with improvements to the High Street, significant packages of improvements in Iver Heath and Richings Park, improvements to the junction and parking outside Thornbridge Road shops, and a station car park at Iver station.

'This is such a wide-ranging and in-depth study, and we need to be real about what will be achievable and when,' said Paul. 'I'm expecting that we'll find some quick wins, but also some much longer-term solutions that will need external funding.

'However, I believe the examination by the steering group of what is a serious traffic and transport study will enable us to properly plan and cost projects, and put us in a strong position to bid for government funding in future.'

Later phases will include a Heathrow expansion study, cumulative impact studies being conducted by HS2 and M4 Smart Motorways and monitoring of the experimental closure of Hollow Hill Lane.

The full study report is available on the County Council website: www.buckscc.gov.uk/transport/scheme-and-projects/iver-traffic-and-transport-study/  

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  Proposed increase in annual flights
Posted by: LisaP - 01-10-2016, 12:47 PM - Forum: Heathrow Airport News - No Replies

Announcement from Heathrow:

We wanted to let you know that we’ve announced proposals today that could see the benefits of expansion start to be delivered four years early.  This includes proposals for up to an additional 25,000 flights per year from 2021. 

I’d like to reassure you that any increase in flights before a third runway opens would go hand in hand with our community and environmental commitments. That means we would introduce a stricter night-flight regime, with a ban on arrivals until 5.30am – an extension of one hour from today - and would bring forward the noise insulation scheme to coincide with the start of the new flights. Additional flights would also mean additional jobs – we estimate up to 5000 jobs on-airport which will provide opportunities for local residents.

I understand that you may have some concerns regarding this announcement.  We’re announcing this now in light of the decision to leave the EU to demonstrate how Heathrow can help deliver the Prime Minister’s vision of a strong and fair post-Brexit economy.  Any plans to increase flights would be subject to public consultation and planning approval.

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  Former resident
Posted by: GrahamG - 02-09-2016, 01:10 PM - Forum: Any other Off topic discussions Welcome here - No Replies

Just a line to let long-time residents know that my Mother, Vera Gilham, formerly of 61 Wellesley Avenue, died peacefully on Sunday 28th August. She was 84. Cremation at North Devon Crematorium at 1100 hrs Friday 9th September.

Graham Gilham

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  Third runway not vital says Prof David Starkie
Posted by: LisaP - 12-08-2016, 12:40 PM - Forum: Heathrow Runway Expansion - No Replies

In mid-July the UK’s National Audit Office (NAO) suggested that the Government might have to pause some big infrastructure schemes: the agenda of big projects was crowded and probably more than the public sector could deliver efficiently in a post-Brexit world. In response, there was a predictable outcry from the construction industry in particular, but the rapid rise in the real cost of construction in recent times suggests that there are bottlenecks in this sector too. One of the projects mentioned by the NAO was a third runway for which Heathrow is leading the bidding frenzy. The third runway is, of course, a private sector financed project but, it does have ramifications for public sector expenditure, not least in an upgrade of road and rail links.

Heathrow has taken advantage of the Brexit vote to ramp up its increasingly strident calls for an immediate decision from Government, arguing that there is no better way, post-Brexit, of showing global investors that Britain is a confident, outward-looking nation, open for business. Its chief executive has suggested that it could add a further 42 long-haul destinations if it was given permission to go ahead with the runway and that Heathrow expansion is “vital” for the economy. But is it? There are a number of reasons to think that adding capacity either at Heathrow, or at the alternative site advanced by the Airports Commission, Gatwick, is important for economic growth, but not vital.
Take for example the prospective 42 destinations mentioned by Mr Holland-Kaye. It should not be a surprise to learn that it is not the chief executive of Heathrow airport who will decide whether these 42 destinations are served, but the bosses of the airlines using Heathrow. And I presume that Mr Holland-Kaye also knows that airline bosses can choose, if they wish, to serve these destinations, even without a new runway, or any additional runway capacity. This is possible because of market mechanisms that are in place to ensure that existing runway capacity is used efficiently.
At airports, airlines are allocated what are known as ‘slots’ for aircrafts to land and depart (the intervals of time between each aircraft using the runway). For an airline to serve a new destination it will require access to at least a couple of slots (usually on a daily basis) and it will need to be reasonably confident of favourable commercial prospects for the route. Importantly, when an airline has an existing portfolio of slots at a congested airport, it has to take into account the cost of foregoing an alternative route. (The dominant carrier at Heathrow, British Airways, has a huge portfolio of slots which it can, if it wishes to, juggle between routes). Alternatively, an airline can purchase a pair of slots in a secondary market. The secondary market, which Britain pioneered in Europe, allows airlines to trade slots: airlines with poorly performing routes sell slots to those able to make better use of them.
The existence of this market mechanisms implies that Mr Holland-Kayes’ 42 un-served destinations are of relatively low commercial value to Heathrow airlines. One must suppose that each one will produce less profit than the most marginal route flown currently from the airport. It is possible, of course, that some of these 42 routes could be profitably served from Heathrow but the ‘rights’ to fly these routes are still to be negotiated. If so, it is not the lack of runway capacity that is the impediment. Another reason for their absence from the current Heathrow timetable might be that the size of the local market is restricted by competition from alternative hub airports such as Amsterdam Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle. In time, circumstances may change but, for the time being, provided UK businesses can reach destinations not served from Heathrow by flying to another hub to make the connection, the impediment to trade will be marginal. Indeed, one has to question how much loss there is to UK plc if the businessman or businesswomen, instead of flying to Heathrow to make a connection, use instead one of the existing frequent flights from a regional airport to a Continental hub?
In time the Government will make its decision on the matter of the third runway but it is to be hoped that time has been well spent by Whitehall by questioning some of the wish-lists of the airport bosses, in particular airports’ plans for 3,500m length runways. In many circumstances such mega-lengths would add modestly to construction costs, but that is certainly not the case at Heathrow where, to accommodate such a runway length, the M25 motorway has to be bridged and a small power plant has to be moved; not only will this add to the costs of the scheme but it will also be disruptive to motorists using a critical part of the motorway system. Moreover, if Heathrow is chosen, it will add to the time taken to bring this “vital” project on-stream. In 2007 the government started public consultations on a 2,000m runway. By January 2009, the length had grown to 2,200m; by 2010 to 2,800m and then, by the time of the Airports Commission, to an M25 hopping 3,500m. The technical and economic justification for this Topsy-like growth has yet to be made.
Prof David Starkie is a visiting professor at the University of Applied Sciences, Bremen. He was on the Expert Advisory Panel of the Airports Commission, but writes here in a personal capacity.

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  Bucks CC Press Release 12 August 2016
Posted by: LisaP - 12-08-2016, 12:21 PM - Forum: Transport & Roads - No Replies

See below latest press release from Bucks CC.  Sadly, there is no relief road for Iver included in here, nor any mention of the funding withdrawal for the Iver cyclepath.

A bid for more than £42 million of Government money has been made by Buckinghamshire County Council to fund five road and transport schemes.
The major schemes, costing an estimated total of £58.4m, are vitally important for the county's continued growth and economic prosperity, says Council Leader Martin Tett.

They build on the County Council's infrastructure investment programme, funded over the past few years by £53m from previous bids.
These have made possible the development of an alternative traffic route through High Wycombe, a relief road for Beaconsfield, link roads for Stocklake, Aylesbury, and the town’s eastern flank, and a new cycleway/footway between Buckingham and Winslow.  The latest bid includes proposals for:

  • Two new link road projects for Aylesbury;
  • Road and transport improvements for Cressex Business Park, High Wycombe;
  • Sustainable transport corridors along the Grand Union Canal from Wendover and Aylesbury; and
  • A study to assess long-term improvements along the A418 corridor.
The County Council bid is divided between the Government's £1,800 million Local Growth Fund through Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), and a £425m pot for large local major bids held by the Department for Transport.
A decision is expected around the time of Chancellor Philip Hammond's Autumn Statement in November.  Martin Tett said:  'Buckinghamshire is a fast growing county that contributes hugely to the national exchequer. It is essential that we bid for and obtain the money necessary for the infrastructure, such as transport, to support that growth. Our residents expect nothing less.'  The difference between the County Council's bid and each project's total cost will be met by developer contributions.

Proposed schemes in detail:

  • A link road and cycleway at Stoke Mandeville would provide a connection between a proposed Aylesbury southern link road and a realigned A4010, which is being provided by HS2.
  • A north east link road and cycleway for Aylesbury would connect the western link road between Berryfields and Buckingham Park to the eastern link road being built through the new Kingsbrook housing estate between Bierton and Aston Clinton bypass.
  • Road and sustainable transport improvements at Cressex Business Park would strengthen its place as south Buckinghamshire's principal industrial centre and secure its long-term commercial viability.
  • Greenways to Growth, a 'green triangle' proposal to transform the historic Aylesbury and Wendover arms of the Grand Union Canal, would provide walking and cycling corridors linking Aylesbury, Tring and Wendover, with commercial centres and public transport hubs, aiming to relieve traffic congestion.
  • A study of the A418 corridor would help assess long-term improvements necessary in growth areas between Oxford, Thame, Haddenham, Aylesbury and Milton Keynes.

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  Object to this application
Posted by: LisaP - 09-08-2016, 07:00 AM - Forum: Wallingford Road Planning Application - Replies (1)

Planning Application: 60930/APP/2015/3824

Hillingdon Borough Council has received an application for a new development in Wallingford Road, by Uxbridge by UK Platforms and ABird, to use a parcel of land for storage and distribution of access platforms and generators.  This could potentially mean even more HGVs through our villages.  Register your objection by 24 August 2016 via their website at the following link:  http://planning.hillingdon.gov.uk/OcellaWeb/planningDetails?reference=60930/APP/2015/3824&from=planningSearch  

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  Ivers Traffic and Transport Study
Posted by: LisaP - 01-08-2016, 06:43 AM - Forum: Transport & Roads - Replies (1)

If you didn't get the opportunity to attend the Bucks CC exhibition on Tuesday 26 July, there is still time to complete the survey and provide your view of where you would like the council to prioritise its efforts by completing the attached form and returning it to: transportstrategy@buckscc.gov.uk 
.pdf   Ivers Traffic & Transport Study - Your View.pdf (Size: 322.13 KB / Downloads: 1007)

There is also some information about the traffic and transport study on the BUcks CC website at: http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/transport/scheme-and-projects/iver-traffic-and-transport-study/ 

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  Temporary Closure of Mansion Lane
Posted by: LisaP - 28-07-2016, 06:57 AM - Forum: Western Rail Access to Heathrow (WRAtH) All Updates Will be posted here - Replies (4)

The experimental closure of Chequers Bridge, which will close Mansion Lane/Hollow Hill Lane will start on 2 August and run for up to 18 months, although Slough BC have said it could be shorter depending on the impact and how much data they gather.  Slough BC will be running a consultation at some stage, but said in the meantime that if we wish to provide any feedback on the experimental road closure then we should email our views to: tfs@slough.gov.uk.

The risk for us is that drivers divert through Richings Park and Iver, bringing increased traffic and all the problems that come with it, such as noise, congestion and poor air quality.  Although Slough BC have carried out some pre-closure surveys, when I asked at the exhibition on Tuesday 26 July 2016 about traffic modelling, they said that no modelling has been done of the potential consquences, either based on current traffic volumes or future traffic growth. 

I also asked Slough BC what would reverse the closure of Chequers Bridge and they said that the impact would have to be 'really bad' but when I pressed for a definition of 'really bad' they couldn't provide an answer - this is something we need to know and understand.  However, they did say that they had reversed the Burnham experimental road closure when the traffic in Cippenham became exceptionally bad as a consequence.

When the experiment starts I would urge everyone to feedback to Slough on any problems, questions or views so that they get to understand the effects on Richings Park, because they have a somewhat blinkered approach as our villages are outside of their jurisdiction, but they will need to understand the geographical impact of their decision however far and wide.

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Sad Missing cat
Posted by: jpnevalainen - 13-06-2016, 07:02 AM - Forum: Any other Off topic discussions Welcome here - No Replies

Hi, you probably have heard/seen me in the past two days. Our baby boy Vico escaped from the house on Sat and has not been back then. He is an indoor cat and we are worried sick.

He is a brown spotted Savannah/Bagal. Long legs, slim body. He is a very curious boy and could have been stuck somewhere or went too far to find his way back.

Can you please please please check your sheds, garage, deck, truck, etc as it is very possible he's stuck there. If you have heard cat's meow, please let us know. We'll give anything for reunion with him.

Attached is a picture of him and we will send out some flyers today

Please contact me on: 07768687653 if you have any leads. We thank you sincerely.

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