Milton Keynes City Council has published its first Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan, which sets out ambitious plans, including many suggested by local people, to expand and upgrade the city’s Redway network and thus help more people choose walking, cycling and scooting as their first choice for shorter trips.
To develop the long-term Plan, the City Council asked local residents and groups what kind of improvements would be most useful. In total almost 300 locations around Central MK, Bletchley, Wolverton, Stony Stratford, Newport Pagnell and Olney have been identified. Improvements fall under three main themes:
- Missing links where a new section of Redway or other infrastructure is needed to bridge a current gap in the walking and cycling network
- Redway improvements such as widening a route or making it easier to cross a road
- Non-Redway local schemes such as creating low traffic neighbourhoods and extra cycle parking
Site visits were made to longlisted areas to prioritise and scope out the work. The City Council calculates a prioritised scheme shortlist would cost in the region of £36.3m.
While some of the improvements will be covered by existing budgets, the majority will be subject to successful bids for Government funding – and the City Council anticipates that by publishing a detailed Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan it will help to bring more national funding to Milton Keynes.