Roadworks along the A41 may not make life easier for motorists, Bucks County Council officials have admitted.
Traffic lights have been put in at the junction on Tring Road with Oakfield Road and King Edward Avenue and construction is ongoing at Bedgrove as part of works agreed in the deal to allow the Arla dairy to be built.
Commuters have been frustrated by the long delays during the work and although council officers say things will get better once the work is complete, there is no guarantee the new layouts will cut journey times compared to the old roundabouts.
Stephen Walford, senior manager for place services, said: “The developer was saying the original junction was not great. They were not going to design something that would sort out all of the problems.
“We have a duty to make sure what they put in is not going to make things demonstrably worse. We can’t require a developer to make things significantly better than they are already.”
When considering the effect of the new layout, county hall officials calculated the impact of future increases in traffic on the junctions with and without the changes and with and without Arla. If Arla was to go ahead, it was decided it would be better to make changes.
Officials say they cannot measure all journey times along Tring Road but that buses are only suffering small delays, even with the ongoing work at Bedgrove. However, many people online and who have contacted the Bucks Herald say their journeys are taking longer, even just to get through the Oakfield Road section.
Mr Walford said: “People are entitled to their opinions. We are just trying to make sure that the junction works to our satisfaction.”
The lights link into the council’s central traffic control room so the flow can be monitored and managed, something which could not be done with roundabouts.
Arla says the new lights will help ‘optimise traffic flow’.
Aylesbury Vale District Council, which gave the project planning permission, did not respond to a request for comment.