Strategy for 2050 – Public Meeting

Please find below an updated list of public meetings that officers will be attending as part of the engagement period for the draft Milton Keynes Strategy for 2050.  The format for these sessions is a 20-30 minute presentation, followed by plenty of time for questions and comments.  The dates have been advertised on our website at https://www.mkfutures2050.com/strategy-for-2050-engagement-page and through our Facebook page and other social media.

Stony Stratford – Stony Stratford Library, 5-7 Church Street, Stony Stratford, MK11 1BD

Monday 24th February 2020, 7.00pm – 8.30pm

Newton Longville – Longueville Hall, Whaddon Road, Newton Longville, MK17 0AT

Tuesday 25th February 2020, 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Winslow – St Laurence Room, Market Square, Winslow, MK18 3AB

Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 7.00pm – 8.30pm

Moulsoe – Millennium Hall, Cranfield Road, Moulsoe, MK16 0HB

Thursday 5th March 2020, 7.00pm – 8.30pm

Central Milton Keynes – Room 1.02, Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3EJ

Monday 9th March 2020, 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Bletchley – Bletchley Library, Westfield Road, Bletchley, MK2 2RA

Wednesday 11th March 2020, 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Great Linford – Great Linford House, 1 St Leger Court, Great Linford, MK15 5HA

Tuesday 17th March 2020, 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Workshop hosted by Community Action:MK and MK College – booking via Eventbrite – MK College, Chaffron Way Campus, Leadenhall, MK6 5LP

Thursday 19th March 2020, 2pm

Castlethorpe – Village Hall, North Street, Castlethorpe, MK19 7EU

Thursday 19th March 2020, 7.30pm – 9.00pm

Cranfield – Holywell School, Red Lion Close, Cranfield, MK43 0JA

Tuesday 24th March 2020, 7.30pm – 9.00pm

Walnut Tree – MK Snap, 20 Bourton Low, Walnut Tree, MK7 7DE

Wednesday 25th March 2020, 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Woburn Sands – Memorial Hall, High Street, Woburn Sands, MK17 8SD

Thursday 26th March 2020, 7.30pm – 9.00pm

East West Rail – Reopening of Bicester to Bletchley Railway Line

 

Winslow Town Council welcomes the Secretary of State for Transport’s recent approval of the plans to reopen the railway line between Bicester and Bletchley, and between Aylesbury Vale Parkway and Claydon Junction, as part of the East West Rail project.  The reopened lines will connect the current Oxford to Bicester line and the Marston Vale (Bletchley to Bedford) Line, as well as providing a link between Aylesbury and Milton Keynes, allowing a number of new train services to be introduced.

 

When the new line is complete (currently first services are expected to run from December 2023) it is expected to carry half-hourly services between Oxford and Milton Keynes, hourly between Oxford and Bedford and hourly between Aylesbury and Milton Keynes, with all trains serving the new Winslow Station.

 

Winslow Town Council also welcomes the Government’s agreement to the recent announcement of the preferred route for an extension of East West Rail from Bedford to Cambridge via Cambourne, with a station connecting with services on the East Coast Main Line, as well as onward connections from Cambridge to other parts of East Anglia.

 

More details of the project can be found on the Network Rail and East West Rail websites:

 

Network Rail – EWR

 

East West Rail

JOINT STATEMENT: HS2 go-ahead is the wrong decision

Joint statement in response to the HS2 announcement from Martin Tett, Leader Buckinghamshire County Council, and Angela Macpherson, Leader Aylesbury Vale District Council

‘The wrong decision, not just for Buckinghamshire but the country’.

This was the view of  Buckinghamshire Leaders Martin Tett, Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council and Angela Macpherson, Leader of Aylesbury Vale District Council to the news of the Government’s decision to continue with High Speed 2.

“We have consistently opposed this scheme for over ten years. This is not just on environmental grounds but most importantly because the business case has never stacked up and still doesn’t. The cost of HS2 has sky rocketed since it was originally proposed just as we predicted. The astronomic costs to the taxpayer would be far better spent on improving commuter lines into our major cities and linking our northern towns and cities as a key part of levelling up the country as promised by the Government.

“The proposal in the leaked Oakervee Report to provide for a station in rural north Buckinghamshire is neither welcome nor wanted. We long ago argued that, if there were a station, it should be at Aylesbury to help existing residents – not one that would ruin the countryside.”

24 hour traffic lights for Eastern Link Road junction work

24 hour traffic lights for Eastern Link Road junction work

Contractors working on the new junction for Aylesbury’s Eastern Link Road say that temporary traffic lights will need to be in place 24 hours a day for three weeks from Monday 17 February to complete the works.

The A418 Aylesbury Road junction at Bierton and the northern section of the link road are being constructed by Barratt/David Wilson Homes as part of the new Kingsbrook housing development.

The developers have requested an extension to their permit to allow temporary lights to remain 24 hours a day, along with two overnight closures. They say unforseen circumstances have made it impossible for their contractors, ECL Civil Engineering, to complete the work without extending traffic control.

The 24 hour temporary lights will be manually operated, to balance traffic flows and minimise congestion, from Monday 17 February to Monday 9 March. The two overnight closures will run from 7pm on Friday 20 March to 5am on Saturday 21 March, and again from 7pm on the Saturday to 5am on Sunday 22 March. An alternative route will be signed.

Mark Shaw, Buckinghamshire County Council Deputy Leader and Transport Cabinet Member said: “Very reluctantly, we’ve agreed to the request from Barratt’s contractors, to enable them to finish the job. I do appreciate this will inconvenience drivers, and I apologise for this, and we’ve stipulated one of those weeks must fall within the half-term holiday to minimise the impact.

“We’re expecting contractors to be working continuously, to make best use of the time,  and our highways officers will be monitoring the situation closely.”

Jo Alden, Technical Director at Barratt and David Wilson Homes North Thames, said: “We would like to apologise to all those that may be affected by this change and offer our assurance that when in operation, the traffic signals will be permanently manned in order to minimise the disruption caused.”

Prior to the two night closures, letters will be delivered to residents of Rowsham Lane and Hulcott Lane detailing the work, the traffic management arrangements, and from which direction to get to and from their homes.

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