A41 BICESTER ROAD AND RABANS LANE –
Works to provide a permanent electricity supply to Aylesbury Vale Parkway will soon be undertaken. Around 3km of cables are required to link the station into the current power network and work will be undertaken along the Bicester Road and also Rabans Lane. The works will commence at Stonebridge, West of Jackson Road, on the Bicester Road, go along Bicester Road to Rabans Lane and end just South of the railway bridge on Rabans Lane.
The first work to be undertaken as part of these works involves the construction of a new electricity sub station. The sub station will be constructed on the South side of the A41 opposite the existing lay by and just West of Berryfields Lane junction. To enable the access to this sub station to be constructed, off peak temporary traffic signals will be required on weekdays on the A41 Bicester Road between 0930-1530 from 7 to 14 September 2009.
On 21 September 2009, work will start on the installation of the electricity cables from Stonebridge. It is expected that the majority of the works along the A41 will not require the use of temporary traffic signals, as the cables will be laid in the verge, but there will be some times when the A41 will be reduced to a single lane and either Stop/Go boards or temporary traffic signals will be used. These will only be used between 0930-1530 on weekdays. It is expected that the laying of cables on Bicester Road will be completed on 2 October 2009.
The work being undertaken along Rabans Lane will necessitate the road being reduced to a single lane starting on 5 October for approximately one month. The work on Rabans Lane will be split into a number of lengths. Each length of Rabans Lane will be reduced to a single lane whilst the work is undertaken as the cables are being installed within the road itself. The footway on the West side of Rabans Lane will also be closed. From 0700-0930 and 1530-1900, Stop/Go boards will be used to minimise any delays whilst from 0930-1530 and 1900-0700, temporary traffic signals will remain in place.
Jointing and connection works will be the final part of the works and it is expected that these will be completed in late November 2009.
Delays are expected as a result of these works for which Buckinghamshire County Council apologises and seeks the co-operation of the travelling public.
Valerie Letheren, Cabinet Member for Transportation said, ‘These works are needed to provide power to the new station. I am sorry that we have not been able to provide more advanced notification of the first part of these works. The works are likely to cause some delays to those using the A41 and Rabans Lane but we will do everything we can to minimise the delays.’