|MK Council is steadily dismantling our famous grid road system.
Milton Keynes’ grid roads are clearly one our most important assets and vital to our success. The grid system consists of fast, safe roads separated from housing and commercial areas by beautiful landscaping with underpasses and bridges for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the roads in safety.
But over the past 10 years MK Council has made a series of disastrous decisions to replace our innovative grid roads with old-fashioned ‘city streets’. These have slower speed limits, traditional pedestrian crossings, and housing built right up to the roads, making for bleak, treeless landscapes. These ‘city streets’ in the Eastern and Western Expansion Areas and around the Hub in CMK now suffer from the same problems as traditional towns – parking, congestion, and delayed
|public transport. (See ‘before’ and ‘after’ images from Broughton in the Eastern Expansion Area.)
Despite MK Council saying it has “learned lessons” it still on the same destructive path. In a recent consultation 98.5% of MK citizens who responded objected to building more pedestrian crossings and voted for underpasses to be built between the Western Expansion Area and the rest of MK. Yet MK Council leaders have ignored public opinion. They have decided to keep millions in the bank gained from new housing development and build cheaper pedestrian crossings over busy grid roads (H4 Dansteed Way and V4 Watling Street) and to reduce the speed limit to 40 mph. Result? Danger, delays and traffic jams.
If you want to keep our classic grid road network quick, safe and green, please send an urgent message to all three political leaders in MK.