Work has already started in Bletchley between Buckingham Road and Locke Road to up-grade the pedestrian and cyclist links between Bletchley Rail Station and the town centre.
The aim is to improve the journey experience between the railway station and the town centre for pedestrians and cyclists and to address issues such as road safety.
With the East West Rail link including Bletchley as a key station on its route between Cambridge and Oxford, the town needs to have a 'fit-for-purpose route' for commuters and visitors.
The Council successfully bid for £1.5m of SEMLEP ‘Growth Deal’ funding along with a further investment of £2m from local sources to carry out the work which will be undertaken by the Council’s highway service provider Ringway and will complete in summer 2016.
The work will include:
- removing a section of the Locke Road retaining wall to ‘open up’ pedestrian access to the town centre
- removing underpass infrastructure which is no longer in use
- reducing the size of Brunel Roundabout
- improving the safety of pedestrian/cyclist crossing points
- installation of a Redway link along Buckingham Road/V7
- installing new LED lighting [e.g. under Brunel Bridge]
- improving highway/walkway drainage
- improving signage and wayfinding
This is just one of a series of regeneration projects in the town. In 2014 the Council built the new Bletchley Bus Station, which includes the electric bus charging plates and Queensway will be opened up to through traffic later this year.
More information on this project is available here