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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.
Tathall End nr Hanslope bridge works
We'll be carrying out maintenance works on five access bridges in the village of Tathall End starting on 3 August. The work will take around 3 weeks to complete and a road closure will be in place during this time so we can carry out the work safely.
The small bridges allow vehicles to access the properties over the small stream.
Following a structural assessment, it was decided that the old access bridges, which are small concrete slabs, must be removed and replaced with precast concrete ones which will make the installation quicker and easier.
If you have any questions about this or any other structures work please email email@example.com or call 01908 252353.
All roadworks, closures and diversion for MK can be viewed at https://one.network/
Resurfacing Work - May and June
To find out more about the types of road surfacing we use visit www.mkhighways.co.uk
We'll be carrying out road resurfacing work on sections of the following roads through May and June (weather permitting)
- High Street, North Crawley
- St Johns Road, Bletchley
- Bramber Close, Bletchley
- Newport Road, Woughton Park (H8 to H9)
- Clifton road, Newton Blossomville
- B4034 V8 Marlborough Street H7-H8
- H3 Monks Way (V9 to V8)
- Calverton Road (Middle Weald)
- Tower Drive, Neath Hill
- Newport Road, Broughton
- Water Eaton Road
- V11 Tongwell Street (H10)
- V10 Tilbrook Roundabout
- V10 Brickhill Street
- A421 H8 Standing Way (V7 to Hospital Roundabout)
- Princes Way, Bletchley
- Second Avenue, Bletchley
- Old Wolverton Road. (near Haversham Roundabout)
- Newport Road, Wavendon
- Simpson Drive,Simpson&
- Dartmouth road, Olney
- Golden Drive, Eaglestone
- Colley Hill, Bradwell
We'll also be doing some micro-surfacing work on the following sections of grid road too throughout May and June:
- H9 Groveway (V10 to V11)
- V8 Marlborough Street (from H7 to H6) Northbound
- V8 Marlborough Street (from H6 to H7) Southbound
- V5 Great Monks Street (H1 to H2)
- H3 Monks Way (V4 to A5)
- Drayton Road , Bletchley (from Fern Grove to A4146)
- H8 Standing Way (V6 to V7) eastbound only
- B4034 V7 Saxon Street (H8 to H9)
- Newport Road (Woolstone)
- Pattison Lane (Woolstone)
- V5 Great Monks Street (A5 to H4)
- Calverton Road (Upper Weald) Stony Stratford
Newport Road, Broughton - traffic calming measures
Work was delayed on this project due to the Covid-19 pandemic but has begun in June and is now complete. More information can be found on the following documents:
A421 upgrade - Eagle Farm roundabout to Junction 13, M1
The A421 between the Eagle Farm Roundabout up to M1 Junction 13 will be closed temporarily overnight on the following dates:
- Weds 22 July from 8pm until 6am Thurs 23 July
- Thurs 23 July from 8pm until 6am Fri 24 July
- Fri 24 July from 8pm until 6am Sat 25 July
For more information about diversions visit
V4 Watling Street
The underpass work site has now reopened following a temporary closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We expect the work to be completed and the V4 reopened to vehicles by September 2020.
The Fairfields work site which is being managed by the developer, remained open and work is expected to complete by end July 2020.
Last Updated: 9 September 2020