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Proposed Zebra Crossing on Countess Way by Warwick Avenue.
Update: 21 December 2020
Construction works began on 9 November as planned on the eastbound carriageway of Countess Way. This work is now complete and the road has been reopened. The lining works could not be completed due to the wet weather but we'll do this as soon as the conditions are drier.
However we have found some drainage issues here which will add to the project schedule and we now anticipate that our overall completion date will be by the end of January 2021.
We've updated the information boards around the site area which will be made safe over the Christmas holiday period.
H6 Childs Way Permanent Gap Closures – Ashpole Furlong and Knowl Gate junctions
Update: On 22 December 2020 following full consideration of the comments received, the Head of Highways used their delegated powers to implement this scheme for reasons of road safety.
There have been a number of collisions at this location over the last three years. So, to improve road safety we are proposing to close the right turns from the H6 Childs Way into Ashpole Furlong and Knowl Gate in Loughton. The proposed right turn ban forms part of junction improvements at these locations. You can view the plans in the Documents section.
We're asking for your feedback by 5pm on 18 December 2020 to let us know what you think about the issues with these right turns and our proposals to make it a safer area. You can send your comments to us directly by emailing email@example.com or call 01908 252353. Alternatively you can post your comments to us at: MKC Highways, Synergy Park depot, Chesney Wold, Bleak Hall, Milton Keynes, MK6 1LY.
Proposed Zebra Crossing on Countess Way by Warwick Avenue.
We’ve been working closely with the Eastern Expansion Area Working Group, which includes residents and councillors, to develop proposals for a formal zebra crossing on Countess Way by
Warwick Avenue. This is in response to safety concerns raised by the Group to us to provide a safe place for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the road.
A public consultation was carried out on the road safety scheme which includes a new zebra crossing (see attached plan) to address the safety concerns raised to us. The responses showed
support for the scheme and we are proceeding with the works.
Construction work will start on Monday 9 November 2020 and is expected to be completed by the end of December 2020. This is subject to favourable weather conditions.
All work will be carried out by our service provider, Ringway.
There will also be changes to the layout of the road and parking to help better manage the traffic and road space. These additional works are:
• widening of the existing footway at the crossing points
• narrowing the road to a single lane carriageway in each direction at the junction of Warwick Avenue
• constructing new grassed verges
• removal of 3 trees along the central reservation to improve forward visibility for drivers approaching the crossing and pedestrians wishing to cross the road. (New trees will be installed close to the ones that are being taken out).
• enhanced street lighting will be installed at the new crossing
You can view the plans for this work in the Documents section.
Bridge Refurbishment Works
Our Structures team with service provider, Ringway will be carrying out some concrete repairs and a refurbishment of parapets on a footbridge between Westfield Road and Willow Way. The footbridge surfacing will also be upgraded as part of the works.
The footbridge will have to be closed to carry out the works which will begin on 2 November 2020 and will take up to 7 weeks to complete.
A short diversion will be necessary via Brooklands Road and will be signed.
You can view the location plan in the Documents section.
Helping the High Streets to reopening safely
In June we were tasked with producing plans for each of the nine high street zones across the borough. We were given a very short time to do this before the high streets reopened on 15 June. However, we did share these plans with local representatives.
The plans for each of the nine different high street areas were always meant as temporary measures and were designed to be adjusted if needed. We’ve streamlined the application process for a Tables and Chairs Licence and waived the £100 fee so they can place furniture outside their premises to boost trade and help customers to socially distance.
We’ve already responded to feedback from the local community in Newport Pagnell where we removed the temporary one way system after monitoring it for a few days. In Stony Stratford we consulted the Town Council and Business Association before introducing temporary barriers where queuing was an issue. Stony Stratford Town Council agreed to replace the barriers and next week we will make these changes as well as introducing a 20mph speed limit along the high street to make it safer for shoppers.
In Bletchley we consulted with over 50 businesses in the main shopping areas and 84% of those were in favour of temporarily closing part of Queensway and the Town Council has recently asked us to extend the closure. A number of businesses also felt that closing the road and encouraging more market traders would encourage more visitors. They told us that cars parking on pavements was a big problem so we’ve stepped up parking enforcement and put up bollards to prevent this.
Before the Covid-19 pandemic, there were up to 10 regular market traders operating over four days of the week on Queensway and on many days this figure was down to one or two traders. After reopening of shops many stalls chose not to come back but since the temporary closure has been introduced there have been five new applications from market traders. For public safety, cars are not allowed to move within the closure and nearby car parking is provided. Recent footfall surveys have shown over 1,000 visitors per day come to Queensway and we have received positive comments from local shoppers and businesses.
Our aim has always been to protect public safety during the Covid-19 pandemic. Shoppers, visitors and workers should feel safe on the high streets during these unprecedented circumstances. The worst thing for all businesses would be a return to the lockdown measures we experienced earlier this year so we are working hard to prevent this from happening.
We’ll continue to listen to the comments, suggestions and feedback from local councillors, businesses and the public. You can get in touch with us on 01908 252353 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any suggestions or comments for the Highways team.
Last Updated: 4 January 2021