Businesses give backing to relief road

The Waddesdon Relief Road website set up by Arnold White Estates
The Waddesdon Relief Road website set up by Arnold White Estates

Businesses have thrown their weight behind a campaign for a Waddesdon relief road.

Arnold White Estates, which owns land along the proposed route, said that the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses are on board with its campaign.

A relief road along the A41 at Waddesdon is included in the Buckinghamshire County Council blueprint for HS2 mitigation and in the Buckinghamshire LEP Strategic Economic Plan.

Arnold White says a relief road will keep HS2 construction vehicles out of Waddesdon and provide a faster, safer route for businesses, commuters and residents.

Supporters of the campaign also include Westcott Venture Park owners Rockspring and 78 businesses along the A41 corridor. More than 450 local residents have also signed to pledge their support.

Nigel MacKenzie, project manager at Westcott Venture Park, said: “A relief road will improve access to key markets for our business tenants and make life easier for workers and residents who use the A41 on a daily basis. This is a key investment in our local infrastructure and is absolutely necessary to keep traffic moving and local businesses growing.”

Paul Briggs, chief executive of the Chamber of Commerce, added: “A Waddesdon Relief Road will support the ambitions of the many companies who are located within, or otherwise use, the A41 corridor.”

Campaigners are now preparing for the sharp end of the campaign, when they will take their case to decision makers in London to win funding for the new road. This summer the Waddesdon Relief Road Campaign will engage directly with the Department for Transport, HS2 Ltd and the HS2 Bill Select Committee.