Aylesbury’s £11m Western Link Road opened to traffic on Tuesday 30th September 2014.
At just under two miles the link road connects the A41 at the new Berryfields estate with the A413 at the Buckingham Park estate.
Just before 9.00am a small group gathered on the link road and Ruth Vigor-Hedderly, Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Transport, cut the green ribbon to mark the first day in traffic.
Also present at the opening ceremony were Richard Harrington, Chief Executive of the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, Ian Mitchell, Chairman of the Consortium of developers that built the road, and representatives from the new Berryfields residents groups.
Ruth said: ‘The Western Link Road will do a great deal to help relieve pressure on routes in and around Aylesbury, which is good news for residents getting around town. Also good news is the shared use cycleway along the link road, which will eventually give cyclists from the estates a new route to Aylesbury Vale Parkway station.‘
Work on the project began in June 2013 by Kier Infrastructure and Overseas. The project has taken more than 160,000 operational hours in total and has been nominated for a Green Apple award for environmental best practice.
The link road was funded by the Berryfields Consortium of developers – Taylor Wimpey South Midlands, Martin Grant Homes, Kier Living and Banner Homes.
When complete Berryfields will comprise more than 3,000 homes, two schools, 13 play areas, 15 open spaces and a local centre.