Link road on course

Construction of the South East Aylesbury Link Road is one step closer.

This key infrastructure project is due to open to traffic in 2026.

Council leader Martin Tett (pictured) said: ‘Our cabinet decision bridges the funding gap for this complex project without any cost to the taxpayer, thanks to the allocation of external funding.’

The link road will see construction of 1.1 miles of dual carriageway, including three new roundabout junctions.

It is seen as an essential part of the Orbital Link Road which, when completed, will provide a route around Aylesbury, easing congestion through the town centre.

The new link road will join the A413 Wendover Road with the Stoke Mandeville Relief Road, which is being constructed by HS2 Ltd.

Buckinghamshire Council is co-ordinating the scheme, with the project being built in phases.

Construction works on Wendover Road and Lower Road have already started to construct two new roundabouts. Work will then continue to link Lower Road with the new Stoke Mandeville Relief Road and the future South West Aylesbury Link Road.

Later in the year, the council plans to start the work connecting Wendover Road and Lower Road, which will include the construction of a new bridge over the railway line.

Mr Tett added: ‘The scheme is the lynch pin of the Aylesbury Orbital Link Road strategy, which will reduce the number of vehicles travelling through the town centre. It is also a crucial project that will accommodate traffic growth in the future.

‘Despite price inflation for all major infrastructure projects, we now have firm contractor costs for the project.’

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