Aylesbury Link Road edges closer

Phase 1 of the South East Aylesbury Link Road is approved with work set to start this autumn, subject to land purchases.

The South East Aylesbury Link Road (SEALR) was unanimously granted planning permission at a public meeting of the Strategic Sites Planning Committee on 11th February.

The planned £35.5 million dual-carriageway road will link the A413 Wendover Road and B4443 Lower Road. The South East Aylesbury Link Road will relieve the impact on the town’s Walton Gyratory caused by the A4010 Stoke Mandeville Relief Road which is being delivered through the HS2 Hybrid Act.

At just under a mile long, the South East Aylesbury Link Road will connect at Lower Road with the Stoke Mandeville Relief Road and will also connect at Wendover Road with Aylesbury’s Southern Link Road, set out in the planning application by the developers of the proposed Hampden Fields development.

The SEALR planning application CC/0015/20 can be seen at  https://publicaccess.buckscc.gov.uk/online-applications

Buckinghamshire Council Leader Martin Tett said: “This is brilliant news. The South East Aylesbury Link Road is a key part of our plans for a new orbital route around Aylesbury. When complete this will help relieve that early morning ‘grid lock’ that so many are familiar with as they try to get into Aylesbury or drive through it in more normal times.”

The plan detail and who’s paying

The £35.5m cost of designing and building the link road will be met from a government Local Growth Fund grant through Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership and from local developer contributions, while HS2 will pay for the construction of the bridge needed to carry the link road across the Aylesbury to London railway line.

Construction includes two new roundabouts, flood alleviation ponds and extensive landscaping.

Following feedback from public exhibitions in 2018, link road plans have been changed to move the road slightly further away from the Stoke Grange estate. This was as far as the scheme could be moved without impacting on properties directly on Wendover Road.

Other noise reduction features include a three metre high noise barrier, an extensive tree planting programme, and a steeper embankment design to reduce traffic noise. The scheme is also adding over 10% biodiversity net gain to the area.

Richard Harrington, Chief Executive of Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “We are delighted to be supporting this key transport scheme for Aylesbury with £13.5m Local Growth Funding. This new route will connect and enable development of major new housing and employment locations to the south of Aylesbury and ensure better regional transport connectivity.”

Vision for the future

The South East Aylesbury Link Road forms part of the Council’s long term vision for an orbital route around Aylesbury to draw traffic away from the town centre and relieve congestion.  One section is already built, one is under construction, and five more are under development, including the South East Aylesbury Link Road

The Council is also bringing forward plans for an extension to the South East Aylesbury Link Road Phase 1, Phase 2, and details of this can be found on the scheme website www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/sealr