Milton Keynes is the focal point for key road networks both national strategic (M1 – 2 junctions and A5 – 5 junctions) and local strategic (A421 Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, A509 Northamptonshire, A422 Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire).
Our internal road network acts to connect into these strategic roads to ensure access to critical infrastructure (eg hospitals with A & E), economic and social mobility. Milton Keynes Resilient Highway Network Map (PDF, 790KB)
Our ‘Resilient Network’ is primarily based around our Winter Snow clearing routes, that have developed over a number of years and are assessed annually.
Critical Asset Maintenance
The purpose of defining a ‘Resilient Network’ is to identify the most critical routes and associated highway assets, such as bridges, so that planned whole asset maintenance on that part of the network may be prioritised. In doing so, we can ensure that our defined Resilient Highway Network is less prone to failure and in turn, improve Milton Keynes resilience to extreme weather events, industrial action and major incidents. We maintain and treat the ‘Resilient Network’ as a priority in the event of any such incidents and focus our resources on keeping roads open for use, where practicable.
Inspections, routine maintenance and investment is prioritised based on a maintenance hierarchy of strategic, main and local distributor, link and local access roads.
We also use this road hierarchy to determine the Winter Maintenance Network, which defines the primary precautionary salting routes and totals about 700 kilometres.
We also have a two tier resilient winter network that is routes that we keep open as a minimum network to be kept open in the event of a prolonged snow emergency. (Tier 1 snow routes, Tier 2 snow routes plus remaining grid road network).
Strategic Response to Emergencies
Milton Keynes also has a Severe Weather Emergency Plan, Highways Emergency Manual and Winter Service Plan which sets out how we will respond to and manage major incidents or the effects of severe weather events including snow, ice, wind, rain and flooding.
We are also a member of the Thames Valley Local Resiliency Forum (TVLRF) that co-ordinates strategic and tactical responses during major incidents at a regional level.
How we ensure this Network is Relevant
We will undertake a review of this ‘Resilient Network’ at least every two years or if local or national factors change we will undertake a review as required. (Note : The UK exit from the European Union has prompted such a review)
Last Updated: 8 April 2019