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Work begins on Aylesbury's Eastern Link Road

Work begins on Aylesbury's Eastern Link Road

Published by Charlotte Fisher at 5:41am 11th September 2019.

Preperations start next week for work on Aylesbury's Eastern Link Road just outside Bierton.

The junction on the A418, will then form part of the link road that's being built by developers Barratt, as part of its new Kingsbrook estate.

The 1.3 mile northern section, with a budget of around £5 million, will connect Aylesbury Road, Bierton (A418) with a roundabout at the new Bellingham Way, and is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2021. 

When complete, this section will allow traffic to and from Leighton Buzzard and Milton Keynes to reach Aylesbury's inner ring road more directly, via the Stocklake link roads.

It all begins on Monday...

Aylesbury  Link  Roads  Map v6-1
An updated map on the Aylesbury link road system

Monday's start on preparation work for the link road junction will be followed by main construction work from Tuesday 1st October.

This may mean narrowing the lanes on the A418, but is expected to have little or no effect on traffic.

As work progresses, from 4th - 22nd November off-peak traffic lights will control through traffic on the A418 between 9.30am and 3.30pm.

These will operate again from 7th January until 27th March.

"With a little bit of pain we're going to get quite a lot of gain"

Mark Shaw, Cabinet Member for Transport at Bucks County Council

A418  Eastern Link Road junction site
Eastern Link Road junction site on the A418

The Eastern Link Road will form another section of Buckinghamshire County Council's planned Orbital Route, a way to create more capacity for traffic as Aylesbury grows, linking the town's main radial routes, and drawing traffic away from the town centre. 

Other 'link roads' forming the Orbital, are being built progressively on the outskirts as housing and business development is planned, and are being funded  from housing developers, along with money bid for from Government sources, such as its Local Growth Fund and Housing Infrastructure Fund. 

Two link roads - Martin Dalby Way (1.8m) and the half-mile Stocklake Urban - are already built, the 1.2m Stocklake Rural (Bellingham Way) link is almost complete, and the Eastern Link Road northern section is now under construction.

More to come...

A418 Eastern Link Road junction diagram
Detailed plans on the Eastern Link Road junction

The 1.2m southern section of the Eastern Link Road, and a separate 1.6m Southern link Road, with target completion dates of late 2021, are included in planning applications for housing and business estates at Woodlands and Hampden Fields, which have resolution to grant planning permission subject to finalising legal agreements.

The proposed South West Aylesbury link road, running south parallel with the line of HS2 from the A418 Oxford Road, is subject to a live planning application, while plans for the South East Aylesbury link road, connecting Wendover Road with Lower Road are currently being developed by the County Council for submission in the near future.

HS2 are also proposing a Stoke Mandeville Relief Road as part of their mitigation.

Mark Shaw, Deputy Leader and Transport Cabinet Member, said:

"Make no mistake, we're on the move with investment in Buckinghamshire's roads network, and Aylesbury's Orbital route is a vital part of this. We're committed to providing it.

"I'd like to be able to build the Orbital in its entirety much more quickly.

"But our pace of progress depends very much on developer contributions and obligations, and on central government funding for major infrastructure projects.

"There are two outstanding links that we continue to promote, and are currently marked as long-term."

"I do understand the frustration expressed by residents and businesses at the pace of progress with infrastructure planning, but we are moving forward as quickly as the funding, planning, land acquisition and availability of contractors allow us." 

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