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South-eastern link road for Aylesbury moves a step closer

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A plan showing the aspirational route network around Aylesbury to meet growth needs, of which Aylesbury South East Link Road is a part.

Plans are being drawn up for a south-eastern link road for Aylesbury which could opened in Spring 2020.

At just under a mile long the new road would connect Wendover Road with Lower Road and cross the main rail line to London Marylebone. The new road would link at one end with the Stoke Mandeville bypass and form part of an aspirational Aylesbury Orbital route.

Provided through the HS2 Hybrid Act, the bypass and the link road need to open simultaneously to allow traffic, diverted from Stoke Mandeville village centre, to reach the main Wendover Road route into Aylesbury.

The link road budget of £23 million is largely from a Local Growth Fund grant through Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, with contributions from HS2 and local developers. This will fund a dual-carriageway link road with a roundabout at each end and a bridge over the main Aylesbury to London railway.

Building both carriageways at the same time would save money in the long-run and mean that it would open as a single carriageway road until traffic volumes, forecast to increase in the next 20 years, justified two lanes in each direction.

Discussions are currently being held with landowners and Stoke Mandeville Parish Council.

A public exhibition of the plans will take place on Wednesday 1st November 2017 from 2.00pm to 8.00pm at Stoke Mandeville Stadium where residents will be able to discuss proposals with the planning team and give their feedback.

Following the consultation a business case and planning application will be drawn up.

Mark Shaw, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Transport, said the south-eastern link road would provide another valuable segment in an orbital route envisioned for Aylesbury, 1.3 miles of which is currently being built to the east of town as part of the Kingsbrook estate and 1.8 miles of which is already open as Martin Dalby Way between the A41 and A413.

The Stoke Mandeville bypass and link road will do a great deal to relieve Aylesbury’s congestion and provide capacity needed for growth around the town,‘ said Mark. ‘I’m pleased we’ll have a further section of an orbital route around Aylesbury, which is intended to draw traffic away from the congested centre.

Mark added: ‘A full orbital route maybe a few more years into the future, although we’re pursuing a bid to the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund that could bring that aspiration closer.

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