The package of additional information that has been submitted to the District Council includes additional and updated transport assessments to address comments made by BCC and to reflect the outputs of the joint working with the applicants of the Aylesbury Woodlands development.
It is also now confirmed that the Southern Link Road through Hampden Fields will be delivered as a full 40mph dual carriageway. The road will be delivered as part of the first phase of development and will link with other committed and planned highway infrastructure. This represents a key element of the District and County Councils’ shared vision for an outer link road around the Town, as set out in the Aylesbury Transport Strategy.
The outcome of the comprehensive highway modelling work shows that Hampden Fields will not have a detrimental impact on the road network, and will reduce traffic through Weston Turville, Bedgrove and at the Walton Street Gyratory.
The proposals therefore address the Secretary of State’s single reason for dismissing the appeal for the previous scheme in 2015.
The modelling also shows positive impacts in Weston Turville, with overall vehicle numbers travelling through the village reducing. Notwithstanding this, through constructive working with the Parish Council and as a positive gesture, the Consortium has developed a scheme of environmental improvements for the village which will further discourage vehicles from using the village as a through route. This includes physical improvements and funding to enable the Parish Council to promote Traffic Regulation Orders.
As well as reductions in traffic in Weston Turville, the Southern Link Road will relieve pressure through Bedgrove and on Camborne Avenue by providing an alternative and more desirable route for traffic between the Wendover Road and the Aston Clinton Road. Furthermore, a public realm improvement scheme, evolved through discussions with the local AVDC representatives, is also proposed along Bedgrove/Camborne Avenue in the vicinity of Jansel Square.
A Strategic Transport Infrastructure Fund is proposed as part of the S106 Agreement, which Buckinghamshire County Council can call upon to bring forward measures to improve capacity and journey times on the road network, which could include:
Park and Ride
Land for a new Park and Ride facility sufficient for 450+ parking spaces will be made available in the first phase of the development. As stated above, Buckinghamshire County Council will be able to call upon part of the Strategic Transport Infrastructure Fund to deliver the facility as it sees fit. Whilst such a facility in this location has the potential to deliver a tangible shift in travel patterns into Aylesbury, the benefits of this facility has not been accounted for in the traffic modelling to ensure that a “worse case” scenario is assessed.
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