Relief road: Your say

Detailed plans have been revealed for the first phase of a new Princes Risborough Relief Road. Now people have their chance to give their views on the plans.

Following a successful bid by Buckinghamshire Council, the first phase of the relief road is being supported by £12m from Homes England. 

Martin Tett (pictured), leader of the council, said: ‘It will deliver improvements to the existing road network and support the planned growth of the town. When the relief road is complete it will create an alternative to the A4010 through the town and reduce congestion in the town centre.’

The full project will be completed in three phases with subsequent ones funded through developer contributions as a new Princes Risborough Expansion Area is created.

The relief road will connect the newly expanded area with the town.

The consultation is on the design of the first phase of the relief road, and the council is seeking feedback on proposals to ensure all local views are taken into account prior to a future planning application.

The three-week public consultation will run from 19 November until 12 December. It is available online at Paper copies are also available at Princes Risborough Library.

Proposals include:

  • Constructing a new road section and widening an 800m stretch of road to enable two-way traffic;
  • Building a new railway bridge on Summerleys Road and improving the current one-way traffic flows under the existing bridge;
  • Installing a new traffic light-controlled junction at Summerleys Road, Station Road, Station Approach and new link road connecting to Picts Lane;
  • A new cycleway/footway to improve access for pedestrians and cyclists;
  • Improvements to the existing waterways including measures to counter the impacts of climate change and potential flooding by providing additional surface water storage;  
  • An increase to biodiversity, adding new grassland, woodland, shrubs, hedgerows and trees, enhancing and expanding existing plant and wildlife habitats.  

Subject to planning approval and land acquisition, construction on site should start from autumn 2023, with completion planned for summer 2025.

Detailed information about proposals can be found on the website: