St James are expanding the grid road network east of the M1 motorway with two new grid roads and redways. The A509 will now split into two new grid roads, increasing transport capacity and resilience.
St James are building a new bridge over the M1 motorway, which will provide a fast, direct route into Central Milton Keynes, taking traffic away from Junction 14 at peak times. The new M1 bridge will be over 30 metres in width allowing it to accommodate a future Mass Raid Transit system. The proposals also include dualling the carriageway along Tongwell Street to Pineham roundabout. A new Carlton Gate roundabout will allow Willen residents convenient access to the highway into and out of Central Milton Keynes. These works need to be commenced in 2022 and completed in 2024 in order to utilise the Central Government HIF funding.
St James will prepare a construction environmental management plan prior to commencing any works, that will include a provision to stop heavy construction vehicles driving through small villages such as Moulsoe to the east of the site. St James are also exploring measures to dissuade any rat running through Willen, should this arise.
The proposals will be flexible to accommodate the transport systems of today and the future. The proposals assume an appropriate level of car parking for the housing and employment without Mass Rapid Transit. However, St James are developing a public transport strategy for the homes and employment zone to encourage reduced reliance on the car, so cars can be left at home. Providing short, convenient, green walking and cycling routes to the transport hub (in the community health hub) will further facilitate this.
St James have futureproofed a future Cranfield bypass to the edge of the development parcel which could loop around the village of Moulsoe, so that it could be delivered in the future should the Highways Authorities require it.
The proposals will include:
- 6.5km of new highways infrastructure including two new gird road;
- Three new bridges including M1 overbridge, River Ouzel and Tongwell Street;
- New A509 bypass grid road;
- New connection from A509 to Willen Road;
- St James have futureproofed an access into the Milton Keynes Council land in the north east corner of the site;
- Futureproofed future Cranfield bypass;
- Dualling of Tongwell Street and Tongwell Bridge;
- Re-routing of A509 between the Holiday Inn and Junction 14;
- Re-routing of Newport Road to Junction 14;
- Repurposing the northern section of Tongwell Street, allowing additional greening of Tongwell Street; and
- Infrastructure futureproofed in width for future mass rapid transit.
New Highways and Sustainable Transport will include:
- Car Clubs;
- Future proofing for mass rapid transit system;
- New redways for fast cycle connections;
- Grade separated crossings, including overpasses and underpasses, to new grid road to provide safe pedestrian and cycle connections;
- New green corridor routes for recreational walking and cycling; and
- New grade separated crossings over the A509 / A422 to provide safe pedestrian and cycle connections to Newport Pagnell to the north.