Drivers using the Handy Cross roundabout in Buckinghamshire are being advised to plan ahead as major resurfacing at the M40/A404 interchange gets underway.
The roundabout will be closed for three full weekends while the work is carried out, which will involve full depth resurfacing, renewed in-road technology and road markings, and anti-skid material at selected areas of the roundabout.
The first weekend closure takes place from 9pm Friday 16 February to 5am Monday 19 February.
Highways England route sponsor John Henderson said:
“This is the most significant renewal work that has been carried out at Handy Cross since it was redesigned in 2006. Around 500 million journeys have been made through the junction since then. This vital work will fully resurface the roundabout to ensure it remains in a safe condition and to minimise the risk of unplanned maintenance in future.
“We understand there will be disruption during these closures, and we advise road users to plan their journeys and leave extra time if possible if using this area over the next three weekends.”
Enhancing the durability of the road surface will help to prevent the development of potholes and other defects making this heavily used roundabout less susceptible to unplanned or emergency maintenance work.
The Handy Cross roundabout will be fully closed over the following three weekends:
9pm Friday 16 February to 5am on Monday 19 February
9pm Friday 23 February to 5am on Monday 26 February
9pm Friday 2 March to 5am on Monday 5 March
During the closures various clearly signed diversions will be in place primarily using the M40 junctions 5 and 3, the A40, Wooburn Green and Little Marlow:
M40 northbound traffic for High Wycombe: exit at junction 3 or continue north to junction 5 then travel east along the A40 Wycombe Road M40 southbound traffic for High Wycombe: exit at junction 5 or continue to junction 2, circumnavigate the roundabout, traveling north on the M40 to exit at junction 3
M40 northbound traffic for the A404: exit at junction 3, travel south past Wooburn Green, Well End and Little Marlow, joining the A404 at Marlow
M40 southbound traffic for the A404: continue south to junction 2, circumnavigate the roundabout, travel north to junction 3, exit at junction 3, travel south past Wooburn Green, Well End and Little Marlow, joining the A404 at Marlow
A404 northbound traffic for High Wycombe: from Marlow travel east past Little Marlow, Well End, Wooburn Green and the A40
A404 northbound traffic for M40: from Marlow travel east past Little Marlow, Well End, Wooburn Green, then join the M40 southbound at junction 3: traffic wishing to travel north will need to access the northbound carriageway at junction 2
Wycombe Road traffic for High Wycombe or the M40: travel south to Marlow, then east past Little Marlow, Well End, Wooburn Green, joining the M40 southbound at junction 3 – traffic wishing to travel north will need to access the northbound carriageway at junction 2
High Wycombe to the M40: travel on the A40 north or south to access the M40 at junction 5 (for northbound) or junction 3 (for southbound)
High Wycombe to the A404: travel south on the A40 towards junction 3, then travel south past Wooburn Green, Well End and Little Marlow, joining the A404 at Marlow
This work has been carefully planned and agreed with High Wycombe District Council and Transport for Buckinghamshire, which will be making use of the closures on the approach roads to carry out maintenance work such as small scale resurfacing, gully clearing, sign cleaning, and street lighting repairs.
Anyone interested in being kept up to date with the scheme can visit www.roads.highways.gov.uk, call the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000 or email email@example.com