‘Link roads are not a bypass’, council highways boss warns

Map showing planned new link roads to the east of Aylesbury

Map showing planned new link roads to the east of Aylesbury

  • Link roads to be built as part of Kingsbrook development east of Bierton
  • Scheme already approved in principle, but detailed plans will go before councillors next week
  • Highways boss warns link roads will not be like a bypass
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A highways boss has warned the public not to expect a traditional bypass when the Eastern and Stocklake link roads are finally built to the east of Aylesbury.

The warning comes as detailed proposals for housing and road infrastructure to the south of Bierton go before councillors next week.

There seems to be a perception that the Stocklake Link Road is part of an Aylesbury bypass and as such a lot of correspondence relates to the adequacy of the road to act in such a way, with expectations it should be dual carriageway from the outset

Highways boss Del Tester

Outline planning permission has already been granted for 2,450 homes at Kingsbrook, but this new applicaton seeks approval for the appearance of one of four ‘villages’ contained within the development and the road which will serve it.

‘Oakfield Village’ extends from Oakfield Road to Broughton and will contain 495 homes.

Despite concerns from the public that its design would be out of keeping with the area, Aylesbury Vale District Council officers have recommended it be approved subject to technical details being agreed.

Permission for part of the Stocklake Link Road serving the village, which will join the Eastern Link Road linking the A418 and A41, is also being sought, with officers recommending it too be approved.

The link roads will be single-carriage way, but will leave room to be widened in the future.

A consultee response from Del Tester, lead highways development management consultant at Bucks County Council, warns that the link roads should not be viewed as an Aylesbury bypass.

He said: “There seems to be a perception that the Stocklake Link Road is part of an Aylesbury bypass and as such a lot of correspondence relates to the adequacy of the road to act in such a way, with expectations it should be dual carriageway from the outset.

“I would like to clarify that whilst the Stocklake Link Road will act as a distributor road between the Eastern Link Road and the urban section of Stocklake to the west of Douglas Road, it was never envisaged as a bypass as part of this development in the traditional sense that would require it to be a dual carriageway with very restricted access.”

He said the Stocklake Link Road will ‘offer a connection to the town centre diverting traffic away from a traffic calmed Bierton in particular’.

The Eastern Link Road and Stocklake Link Road should be built within the next five years, while the entire Kingsbrook development will take up to sixteen years to build.

The council’s strategic development management committee will meet to debate the proposals on Friday, May 22.