Motorists have faced delays of 45 minutes getting into Buckingham this morning, Monday, due to roadworks on London Road.
The London Road into Buckingham was closed to all traffic from 8pm yesterday, Sunday, until 6am on Thursday, September 4 – re-opening just in time for the start of the school year.
It is shut from the A421 Buckingham bypass to the Swan Pool, but the pool can still be accessed from the town.
Motorists have faced major traffic delays on the A421 and A413 this morning.
Mike Newton, 38, of Linden Village, called the Advertiser from the Tesco car park, after getting caught up in traffic this morning while on his way to do his shopping. He said: “If I’d put my thinking cap on I would have gone to Milton Keynes and have been half way through my shop by now.
“They’ve mismanaged it. I don’t think I’ll be able to leave Tesco. If it takes 40 minutes, I will be very lucky.”
He added he’d seen a lot of lorries on the road through Gawcott, trying to find an alternative route into town.
The road has been closed so major adjustments can safely be made to the carriageway levels on London Road and for resurfacing to be done.
The work is part of the ongoing works at the Tesco roundabout, as part of the infrastructure for the new Windsor Park development.
The decision to close the road has been agreed between the developers of the 700-home estate, highways contractor Aggregate Industries and Bucks County Council.
Three-way temporary traffic lights will be in operation at the Tesco roundabout while the closure is in place, with northbound traffic being diverted right or left on to the bypass.
A fully signed diversion route will be in place for access to and from Buckingham town centre.
The county council has apologised for any inconvenience that may be caused.
County councillor for Buckingham Robin Stuchbury said: “It’s far from ideal but the alternatives aren’t possible so it’s important to get it done now when it won’t interfere with school transport.
“Our hope is it will be completed well before time and the road closure order can be lifted sooner.”
Transport for Bucks (TfB), the highways arm of the county council, is taking advantage of the road closure to carry out drainage maintenance work.
Mr Stuchbury said: “While the road is closed, TfB will clean out some of the ditches, gulleys and the kerb drainage system by the Swan Pool to try and stop some of the flooding in winter.
“Hopefully, we’ll get to the point where we won’t get the flooding on the London Road where the children have to walk through and get splashed.”
Chairman of the traders’ association, Shop Buckingham, Elliot Wallis, said: “It’s a pain. It will certainly affect trade for those days it’s shut. And it could cause chaos at the other end of town.
“The roadworks as a whole have affected trade. Most shops are 15 to 25 per cent down on a Saturday, certainly the guys we talk to.
“I’ve heard stories of 40 minutes to get into town and it puts people off. They give up and go somewhere else.
“My hope is, when this is all done and finished, it rejuvenates the area and brings people in from other places.”