Disruption at Handy Cross M40 junction – weekend closures


It has been quite widely publicised that Handy Cross roundabout will be closed over coming weekends. See below for comprehensive details of the planned closure, specifically focusing on the impact around Marlow:

Full junction closure over 3 consecutive weekends from 16th Feb

Highways England will be carrying out resurfacing on the roundabout 9pm Friday until 5am Monday morning on the following weekends:

  • Friday 16th February – Monday 19th February
  • Friday 23rd February – Monday 26th February
  • Friday 2nd March – Monday 5th

Works will take place all weekend, including overnight. Only the junction will be closed – the actual M40 will flow through unaffected.

Approaching roads also closed

Approach roads leading to the junction will also be closed:

  • Wycombe Road from Ragmans Lane
  • A4010 John Hall Way from Crest Road
  • Marlow Road from Cressex roundabout
  • A404 Marlow Hill from Waitrose/Park and Ride

Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) will be collaborating with Highways England to make use of the road closures on the approach roads, and carry out maintenance works such as small scale resurfacing, gully clearing, sign cleaning, and street lighting repairs.

Diversions and disruption

Various signed diversions will be in place, primarily using the M40 junctions 3 and 5, the A40, Wooburn Green and Little Marlow. You can download diversion maps here.

Emergency services will have access through the closure, as will TfB gritters should they need to get through to salt the roads.

While these are not TfB works, they are preparing for the disruption and have placed an embargo on any other non-essential road works in a 10 mile radius of the M40 works. Additional traffic management will also be used on diversion routes, particularly the smaller roads less well equipped to deal with heavy traffic.

Why is the work needed?

Highways England is carrying out the resurfacing to ensure the junction remains in a safe condition. The existing road surface will be dug out and fully resurfaced, the traffic signals and detection loops will be replaced, and anti-skid material will be laid at selected areas of the roundabout.  

Impact on bus and coach routes

National Express will not be serving the Handy Cross Coachway during the closure and Marlow specific bus routes will be affected:

  • Arriva services 800, 850 and Carousel Buses X80: High Wycombe – Marlow – Henley – Reading: These buses will need to divert between High Wycombe and central Marlow and will be subject to delay. Buses will NOT serve Wiltshire Road, Little Marlow Road or Chapel Street within Marlow during the closure. In Marlow the nearest served stops towards High Wycombe are on Oxford Road and Queen’s Road, and towards Henley will be on Dean Street or West Street. 

Details can be found on the bus service disruption page on the county council website.

Need more detail?

If you have any questions you can contact Highways England on 0300 123 5000 or email them at info@highwaysengland.co.uk. TfB have set up a webpage with FAQs about the closure, bus information, and diversion information and maps. Visit www.buckscc.gov.uk/handycrossclosure.  


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