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Work set to start on alternative route through town centre


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Buckinghamshire County Council contractors are due to start work next week on Wycombe’s new Westbourne Street Link. The work, expected to be completed in October, is the first phase in giving traffic an alternative route through the town centre, from Oxford Road to Marlow Hill. Phase two, from the Southern end of the new Westbourne Steet Link along Desborough Road through the old gas works to Marlow Hill roundabout, is anticipated to start by March 2016. The ‘Alternative Route’ is […]

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Experiencing an electric motorcycle: the Agility Saietta R


As Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Motorcycling, Motorcycle Action Group recently asked me to experience an electric motorcycle. I was skeptical. Find out how I got on: A review will appear in their magazine shortly. As part of the future of motorcycling, especially in town, electric motorcycles are good news. Related: my article after taking evidence on electric vehicles while I was on the Transport Committee.  

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Buckinghamshire Draft Countywide Parking Guidance: Public Consultation


Buckinghamshire County Council is currently consulting on new Countywide Parking Guidance which sets out the Council’s approach to parking throughout the county and explains how space much new parking developments should provide for bicycles, motorcycles, cars and Blue Badge holders. The new standards have been developed taking into account the 2012 National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which gives Local Authorities more flexibility when developing parking standards. The Council are looking to gather people’s opinions on their proposals to help make […]

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Air Passenger Duty Cuts


Air passenger duty is a tax paid by airlines which is typically passed onto their customers within ticket costs. It is banded on the distance from London to countries’ capital cities, with a reduced rate for economy class passengers. At Budget 2014, the Government announced a significant reform to air passenger duty to bring the cost of long-haul travel down to a uniform duty rate. From 1 April 2015 any country over 2,000 miles from London will fall into the […]

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Extra £2.5 million to help repair roads


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Via a Bucks County Council press release, welcome news on our roads, which are at last improving: Buckinghamshire will receive £2.5 million from the Department for Transport’s (DfT) £140 million road repair fund. This follows a bid by Buckinghamshire County Council in response to the DfT’s announcement on March 9 making the money available to highway authorities to help repair damage to roads caused by the recent storms and flooding. The County Council’s bid highlighted areas for repair following the recent […]

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Severe weather response by TfB


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Via Bucks County Council Eight Transport for Buckinghamshire teams have been dealing with severe weather call-outs since 6am today (Monday October 28). They have responded to reports of fallen trees in more than 100 locations (correct at Monday 10.45am) across the county. A road at Willow Bank, Denham, where a tree fell on telephone lines, has been closed for safety reasons. There has been one report of minor flooding and a fallen tree in Farnham Lane, between Burnham and Farnham Royal, which was […]

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Winter weather driving courses in Wycombe


Transport for Buckinghamshire is helping drivers prepare for winter weather. It is offering the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to drive more safely during the winter. Buckinghamshire can be prone to micro-climates, which means an unexpected variation from the surrounding conditions, and these are more frequent during the winter months. The Road Safety Team is offering a Winter Driving Workshop in partnership with STS Tyre Pros garages at Aylesbury, Chesham and High Wycombe during November. Workshops include a presentation by a […]

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Major road improvements start at Chapel Lane junction, 14 October


Works to improve the A40/A4010 Chapel Lane junction in Wycombe are set to start on 14 October 2013. Phase 1 of the works will divert or protect various utility equipment including electricity, gas and cable television. The works are required to enable the construction of the main project which is set to take place between February and May 2014. The works will impact on the flow of traffic due to some lane closures in place at times and Transport for Buckinghamshire seeks […]

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HS2 update: Treasury Committee calls for review of the economic case


The Treasury Select Committee has stated that the economic case for HS2 must be reassessed and updated before the Treasury signs off on the project. In its Latest Spending Round 2013 review the Committee said that, given the recent report by KPMG and published by HS2 Ltd setting out the regional economic impacts, the Treasury must produce its own economic case for HS2. The Committee wrote: The Treasury should not allow HS2 to proceed until it is sure the cost-benefit analysis for […]

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Heathrow – this price fixing must end


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Via BBC News – Heathrow Airport attacks regulator’s price-control plan: The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Thursday said that Heathrow’s yearly rise between 2014-18 should not be more than the retail price index (RPI). Prices can only bring supply and demand into balance if they are allowed to find their own level. If some government authority fixes prices, it is bound to create problems: we should not be surprised Heathrow is overcrowded and other airports struggle if prices for access […]

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