We’re making space for shoppers on Queensway

Friday 4 December 2020

In June we helped a number of high streets to reopen safely including Queensway in Bletchley where we created a pedestrianised shopping area for market stalls, created space for social distancing and waived the licence fee so that cafes could put chairs and tables outside their premises to boost business.

Responding to the seasonal changes and requests from Bletchley & Fenny Town Council, we will be removing this pedestrian area and will be making some extra improvements in December.

We’ll continue to support businesses so they can open safely whilst providing a protected environment for shoppers. The market traders will be relocated to the parking bays on the south side of Queensway between Bedford Street and Westfield Road and we’ve created bespoke power supplies for their individual needs.

Works will include:

  • Removing the temporary road closure including the gate
  • Converting unused community transport parking into 2-hour free parking bays
  • Reverting Bedford Street back to a one-way street by removing signs and road markings
  • Keeping the temporary disabled parking bays
  • Changing the unused taxi parking bays to 1-hour parking bays
  • Replacing any old, faded or damaged signs with new ones
  • Refreshing faded road markings
  • Adding loading signs and regulations for delivery vehicles

The work will begin on Sunday 6 December and will be carried out by our highways service provider, Ringway.

Councillor Emily Darlington, Cabinet Member for Public Realm said, “The high street is essential for many people and we are working with the town council to make it a safe place to shop during this pandemic.”

“Now that non-essential shops can reopen, they need your support to survive the pandemic and the biggest recession in years. Please consider buying your Christmas essentials and presents at a local high street retailer this year.”

Councillor Angela Kennedy, Chair of Bletchley & Fenny Stratford Town Council added “We are pleased that Milton Keynes Council has listened to community views and we hope the changed arrangements encourage local people to visit Queensway.”