£3.95m to ease HS2 pain

The Buckinghamshire HS2 Road Safety Fund will open on 22 February. Applications are being invited for schemes that will create safer roads for those who live and work in the county.

A total of £3.95m has been allocated to Bucks by the Department for Transport in recognition of disruption to communities unaccustomed to the volume and impact of heavy traffic associated with major construction works such as the high speed rail project.

The fund, which is being administered by Buckinghamshire Council, will be released to meet the costs of road safety schemes, in a series of tranches between now and 2026. The first, £1m, will be made available this year. Applicants wishing to apply for funds will need to apply by 15 May.

The funds are expected to be in high demand so schemes to be funded will be carefully selected to maximise long-term benefits across the county.

Martin Tett, Leader of Buckinghamshire Council said: ‘The HS2 Road Safety Fund will contribute to making more of Buckinghamshire’s roads safer for all users. We want as many communities affected by the impact of HS2 construction, as possible, to benefit from a share of that legacy.’

For more information, including fund criteria and guidance for applicants, visit the HS2 Road Safety Fund webpage.