Project completed to better connect Bletchley as part of £22.5m Towns Deal

Tuesday 10 August 2021

 

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John Cove and Cllr Pete Marland at the new toucan crossing

A new project to better connect Newton Leys and the Lakes Estate to Central Bletchley has taken a significant step with the completion of a toucan crossing and redway at Drayton Rd.

The crossing which allows safe access to the Blue Lagoon Nature Reserve is part of the Bletchley and Fenny Stratford Towns Deal Accelerated projects worth an additional £1m on top of the Town Deals Grant.

Working with its partners MK Council is already making progress to bring major improvements to the area.  Demolition of the former Bletchley Fire Station has already been completed and new redways are being added to the area.

Leader of MK Council, Cllr Pete Marland said: “We’re making solid progress with our ambitions to bring much needed improvements to the area.  It’s projects like these that make a real difference to communities.  We’ll continue working hard to ensure Bletchley and Fenny Stratford becomes one of the most welcoming, vibrant and thriving places in the region and beyond.”

Bletchley and Fenny Stratford Town Deal Board Chair, John Cove said: “This is a great outcome from our accelerated projects with more of them to come.  It improves the connectivity around the area which, in turn, builds a stronger foundation for the delivery of our £22.7m Town Deal projects.”

Earlier this year, the Government approved the multi-million-pound investment.  Some of the key projects include:

  • Transport Hub – creation of a new eastern entrance at Bletchley Station, improving access from the town centre
  • Tech Park Bletchley – based at MK College, the new skills and training hub will provide better learning and development opportunities to improve life chances
  • Town Centre improvements – improvements to the appearance, attractiveness and safety of Bletchley and Fenny Stratford town centres
  • New redway links – better connections between Newton Leys and the Lakes Estate to Central Bletchley

Other projects include a major transformation of Bletchley Park to maintain its attraction to visitors and the full roll out of fibre connectivity.

As part of the funding almost £9m has been set aside for the Revolving Development Fund project to make the best use of underused and run-down sites.