|TRAVEL PLAN UPDATE
(Friday 18th October 2002)
The Club are stepping up their efforts to improve the effectiveness of the Match Day Travel Plan after the plan was given its final financial approval at a recent Council meeting. The success of the Travel Plan is key to the deal to keep London Wasps at Adams Park and there were strong indications that Wycombe District Council would have forced the cancellation of Wasps' home game with Parma on Sunday 20th October if the matter had not been resolved and the various financiers brought on board. The final signature needed for its implementation was signed at a meeting on Wednesday 9th October.
Speaking of the decision, Cllr Betty Lay, Chairman of the Council's Development and Control Committee said, "I am very pleased to confirm that both Clubs have now signed up to the Travel Plan, which shows their commitment to reducing the impact of increased traffic to home games, minimising congestion and associated parking problems around Adams Park. We will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that the Travel Plan is performing effectively."
The Club first tabled the proposed Travel Plan back in May and it prove vital in persuading councillors to vote in favour of allowing London Wasps to use Adams Park. However, progress has been slow on the implementation of the plan, Wanderers fans have seen very little change in the matchday situation since the start of the season, while Wasps fans are still on a learning curve on how best to get to and from Adams Park.
It's dissapointing for many that the Club have yet to reach an agreement with the Police and Highway authorities on the proposal to install 'part-time' traffic lights on the roundabout at the bottom of Hillbottom Road, this despite the club offering to pay for the installation.
The Police are also insisting that it is illegal to change the flow of traffic down Hillbottom Road after games, a situation that causes a bottleneck at the ground and is the major criticism of those brave enough to take a car near Adams Park.
The Club have trialled Park and Ride schemes but these have generally been met with apathy from supporters. A scheme at Wellesbourne saw just a handful of people take advantage and this was dropped after three weeks. The Club will continue to fund a Park and Ride scheme from Cressex Cinema and will also try a similar system from The Dashwood Arms, Piddington starting from the Swindon Town game on Saturday 2nd November. The latter service will cost £2 for adults and £1 concessions. The bus will depart for Adams Park at 2pm.
Another step forward has been the installation of the proposed Cycle Rack at Adams Park. The cycle facility was first used for the game with Celtic on 8th October and is located behind the away stand. As an added incentive the users for the Peterborough game on Saturday 19th October will get free matchday entry (or a guest voucher for Season Ticket holders). There after a voucher for Club Shop use will be issued.
Supporters are also being encouraged to use the existing Bus Services to Adams Park which link in with existing Bus and Train services into High Wycombe Town Centre. Supporters wishing to register for Car Share schemes are also welcomed. The Club say they will endeavour to match up potential sharers by contacting them at the usual addresses.
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