Although the route of HS2 does not travel through the Wycombe constituency, we will be affected by construction.  HS2 will intersect the A4010, the emergency route for vehicles travelling to and from the heart and stroke facilities at Wycombe Hospital and the Accident and Emergency Unit at Stoke Mandeville.

During questions to the Department for Transport on Thursday 23rd February 2017, I raised this important issue:

Mr Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con)

4. When HS2 Ltd plans to produce a route management improvement and safety plan for the A4010. [908841]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport (Andrew Jones)

HS2 Ltd anticipates that draft route management improvement and safety plans, including that for Buckinghamshire covering the A4010, will be available for discussion and consultation with highway authorities in March.

Mr Baker

That is great news. I am glad that the people of Wycombe, Aylesbury and Buckingham will have an opportunity to scrutinise this essential emergency route. Will my hon. Friend take steps to enhance the safety of the route?

Andrew Jones

My hon. Friend makes an important point. Safety is critical as we go into the delivery phase of HS2. As a result of the petitioning process, the Secretary of State has committed to contributing £480,000 for permanent safety measures along the A4010 and A4129 in Buckinghamshire. The Government have also created a £30 million road safety fund for HS2, the details of which we will be announcing very shortly.

Great news and I hope money is well spent on A4010 safety.

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