New milestone in link road planning

Major steps towards building the planned South East Aylesbury Link Road will be taken by Buckinghamshire Council this week.

Before the first turf can be cut, the Council needs to buy the necessary land, make changes to the existing road network, and replace any open space lost to the new road.

And it's the different types of legal order necessary to enable the Council to start building that are being issued today (Wednesday 16 September).

These include a 'Side Roads Order' to allow the Council to create two new roundabouts and feeder roads, and to convert the stubs of the remaining roads to serve existing housing.

Also, a 'Compulsory Purchase Order' will be served to ensure the land needed for the £35.5 million dual-carriageway road is available at the right time for planned construction to start in mid to late 2021.

The Council's transport modelling has shown that HS2's planned realignment of the A4010 - to form the Stoke Mandeville Relief Road - would cause more congestion at the Walton Gyratory.

The South East Aylesbury Link Road - which will connect the B4443 Lower Road with the A413 Wendover Road to extend the planned Stoke Mandeville Relief Road - provides the best solution to avoid this congestion.

The Link Road is designed to improve connectivity around Aylesbury, will connect to a future Southern Link Road from the A418 Oxford Road, and form part of the Council’s long term vision for an orbital route around the town.

Residents will have a further opportunity to have their say, thanks to a raft of consultations taking place during the next couple of months.

First, six weeks have been set aside for representations about the Side Roads and Compulsory Purchase Orders starting on Wednesday 16 September. Details can be found on the South East Aylesbury Link Road webpage. Objections should be made directly to the National Transport Casework Team (DfT) at [email protected]

Second, the Council will apply to the Ministry of Communities, Housing and Local Government for permission to substitute a small piece of open space needed to build a roundabout at Wendover Road, and the Ministry will set the date for representations.

And, thirdly, an update to the Environmental Impact Assessment, required as part of the planning process, will set in motion a six-week statutory consultation expected to start in October.

Nick Naylor, Cabinet Member for Transport, said talks with 13 landowners were already well advanced, and he was hopeful land purchase agreements could be negotiated well before the need for a Compulsory Purchase Order inquiry.

“This is a major step forward in helping to realise the long-term aspiration for an orbital route around Aylesbury, to draw through traffic out of the town centre, and to ease congestion," said Nick. “Compulsory purchase orders may sound draconian but they’re there as a backstop to protect all parties. We’d rather reach negotiated settlements, as a compulsory purchase order inquiry is a big burden on the council taxpayer.”

Early utilities investigations begin along the link road route from Monday (14 September) to mid-October. Manned two-way off-peak traffic lights (9.30am-3.30pm) will control traffic in Wendover Road just north of the Hampden Hall roundabout from 28 September to 2 October, and in Lower Road near the Belmore Centre from 5-14 October.