Buckingham Road has long been seen as a nightmare with congestion blocking the road at peak travel times.
Data published by West Bletchley Parish Council covering one week in July (24th to 31st July) showed that 84,818 vehicles used the road. This was a week when the schools were on holiday so the volume of traffic was lower than usual.
Following action by local councillor Elaine Wales the West Bletchley Parish Council has supported the ‘declassification’ of the road.
However Milton Keynes Council needs to act and implement the declassification.
Local community campaigner and Bletchley Town councillor Ed. Hume said, “We know that declassifying the road would see a reduction in its use by cars, vans and lorries. This is supported by local residents and would reduce congestion for them. 84,000 vehicles is a lot of traffic and at peak times the road is very congested. We need Milton Keynes Council to agree the declassification as soon as possible.”
Cllr Ed Hume has written to Council Cabinet Member Cllr Martin Gowans and asked him to implement the declassification as soon as legally possible.
Ed Hume concluded, “I am deeply concerned about the volume of traffic and the related congestion of Buckingham Road. If there are 84,000 vehicles when the schools are out, imagine how many more vehicles there are the rest of the year. I have written to the Cabinet member for roads because we need to see action on this.”