When Hayfield Park is complete, what steps are you taking to limit traffic congestion on local roads?
Our proposals are designed to reduce traffic congestion on local roads. We’re working closely with Central Bedfordshire Council to develop a comprehensive transport strategy ensuring traffic from Hayfield Park does not increase traffic flows through local villages. We have carried out extensive transport assessments to inform the development of our proposals, that are now published on the Council’s website.
Our preferred solution is to:
- Create an access to the site off the A421, providing a connection to the national road network via J13 of the M1
- Include provision for two Park and Stride sites to enable local people to access the site facilities without allowing outflows of traffic.
- Make improvements to the Kingston roundabout which we believe will help ease existing traffic congestion on the local road network.
- Support the dualling of the A421 in order to further ease congestion.
Why are you only proposing a single access point to the site?
We feel it is important to limit the impact of our proposals on the local road network. To this end we are planning improvements to the public transport network, including cycle and pedestrian paths in the design of the development and proposing two new Park and Stride sites.
The single point of access is another method of achieving this – providing residents with a direct route onto the national road network via the A421, ensuring that there is easy commuter access to and from the site without putting additional pressure on the local road network.
Will you be doing anything to improve public transport?
Although we recognise that all new developments will generate car journeys, we also know that people value good public transport links and we are proposing improved public transport connections by expanding and enhancing the existing bus network.
Do you have any plans for new pedestrian links and cycle paths?
We recognise that people are increasingly interested inactive modes of transport and our proposals will demonstrate this.
As part of the scheme we will provide both new and improved connections for cyclists, including links to Aspley Guise Station and into the Wavendon SLA. We will also include natural areas to the east of the site which will feature pedestrian access for walking and running routes and we will link new routes into the existing footpath and bridleway network.
During construction how will you manage site traffic to limit congestion on local roads?
We have carried out extensive transport assessments to inform the delivery of Hayfield Park and we will make every effort to ensure that disruption to local residents during construction is kept to the very minimum possible. We will work with Central Bedfordshire Council to ensure reasonable hours of work and take steps to minimise the impact of construction traffic, especially at peak times.
Will the proposed Oxford to Cambridge Expressway impact on the Hayfield Park development?
The alignment of the proposed Oxford to Cambridge Expressway in this area is not currently known. We are aware that Milton Keynes has reserved a corridor within its boundaries, but a number of routes are currently being considered. The announcement of a preferred alignment for the Expressway is likely to be later in 2018, with a firm route fixed by 2025, We are confident that none of the routes under consideration will affect the HayfieldPark site and we have been advised that we should continue moving forward with plans for the development.
Will this development prove to be an extension to Milton Keynes?
We understand the importance of protecting the identity ofHayfield Park and existing villages in the area. Hayfield Park is not an extension to Milton Keynes.