The Resilient Network

The Resilient Network is made up of key routes in Milton Keynes that are considered essential for economic activity and key critical services such as health care. If there is a major incident, an extreme weather event or other disruption of the network, we treat these roads as a priority and focus our resources on keeping them open.

Due to MK's geographical location, we are a focal point for key road networks including:

Nationally strategic roads: M1 (junctions 13 and 14) and the A5 (5 junctions)

Locally strategic roads: 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 (e.g. hospitals with an A & E), economic and social mobility.  Our ‘Resilient Network’ is primarily based around our Winter Snow clearing routes, that have developed over a number of years and are assessed each year.

Milton Keynes Resilient Highway Network Map  (PDF, 1.1MB)

Critical Asset Maintenance

By identifying the 'Resilient Network', we can also map the highways assets within those routes that must be prioritised too for maintenance and assessments. This may be bridges or streetlighting along one of these key routes. By doing these additional checks we can ensure that the resilent network is less likely to fail during any extreme weather or other emergency incidents. In winter, this network is gritted as a priorty should an emergency situation arise. 

Asset maintenance also includes regular inspections, routine maintenance and investment. We prioritised the roads according to their importance and their category e.g. 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.

In addition to the priority gritting routes, there is also the resilient winter network that includes those routes that we've identified as important and must remain open if there is a prolonged snow emergency. We have mapped out 'Snow Routes' which is our Resilient Network as identified in the map above.  Once this is clear we revert to clearing snow from all our Priority 1 routes.

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.

Review of the Resilient Network
We review the resilient network at least every 2 years to make sure it is still relevant and effective. Some local or national factors may need to be considered as and when they occur such as if a new hospital is built or the existing one is closed or moved.

Last Updated: 20 October 2021