Ecologists will start survey work on Monday in preparation for Aylesbury’s Stocklake road improvement project.
The survey, which is being done before the bird nesting season, will gather information on possible bat roosts in trees along the road.
The following Monday, February 16 ground investigation work starts along the length of Stocklake. This will involve digging trial pits and boreholes and taking core samples from the road.
These works are in preparation for a start on widening Stocklake between Park Street and Douglas Road junctions, and is expected to take two weeks, during which traffic will be controlled by stop-go boards with minimal disruption.
Ruth Vigor-Hedderly, Bucks County Council’s cabinet member for transport, said the work was an essential preliminary to a start on the improvement scheme.
She said: “The Stocklake Urban scheme is an important part of a transport plan which will ease congestion in the east of Aylesbury, and I’m encouraged that we’re able to make a prompt start on the preliminaries.”
She said the scheme, funded by central government, would take the improved road further away from the fronts of houses in Stocklake, create new footpaths, a new cycle path, new parking, as well as more space for through traffic.
Construction is due to start this summer and should take a year.
Stocklake Urban will eventually connect with a rural section linking Douglas Road with the proposed Aylesbury Eastern Link Road, from the A41 Tring Road roundabout to the A418 Bierton Road.
These roads, due to be built by spring next year, form an integral part of development plans to the east of Aylesbury.