Junction work heralds start on Eastern Link Road
Work on building Aylesbury's Eastern Link Road is underway with preparations for creating a junction on the A418 just outside Bierton.
The 1.3 mile northern section, with a budget of around £5 million, will be paid for and built by developers Barratt, as part of its new Kingsbrook estate. It will connect Aylesbury Road, Bierton (A418) with a roundabout at the new Bellingham Way, and is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2021.
When complete, this section will allow traffic to and from Leighton Buzzard and Milton Keynes to reach Aylesbury's inner ring road more directly, via the Stocklake link roads.
The preparation work for the link road junction will be followed by main construction work from Tuesday 1 October. This may mean narrowing the lanes on the A418, but is expected to have little or no effect on traffic.
As work progresses, from 4 to 22 November off-peak traffic lights will control through traffic on the A418 between 9.30am and 3.30pm. These will operate again from 7 January until 27 March.
Location for the Eastern Link Road junction with the A418, Aylesbury Road, Bierton
The Eastern Link Road will form another section of Buckinghamshire County Council's planned Orbital Route, a way to create more capacity for traffic as Aylesbury grows, linking the town's main radial routes and drawing traffic away from the town centre.
Other 'link roads' forming the Orbital, are being built progressively on the outskirts as housing and business development is planned, and are being funded from housing developers, along with money bid for from Government sources, such as its Local Growth Fund and Housing Infrastructure Fund.
Two link roads - Martin Dalby Way (1.8m) and the half-mile Stocklake Urban - are already built, the 1.2m Stocklake Rural (Bellingham Way) link is almost complete and the Eastern Link Road northern section is now under construction.