On Tuesday 21 August West Bletchley Council voted to downgrade or ‘declassify’ Buckingham Road.
Buckingham Road (B4034) is a narrow heavily used road cutting across West Bletchley. Local residents have long complained about the volume of traffic, including large Lorries and the congestion that occurs at peak travel times.
The road can be declassified, by Milton Keynes Council, under new Highways arrangements in force since 2012 giving Councils the ability to ‘declassify’ roads without central Government involvement.
Declassification means, the Buckingham Road, which is a B road, would become an unclassified road and this would allow restrictions on what vehicles should use it.
Local councillor Elaine Wales said, “West Bletchley Parish Council is now asking Milton Keynes Council to declassify Buckingham Road. We believe this will help reduce the volume of Lorries and vehicles from outside the area and ease congestion on this very busy residential road.”
Cllr Elaine Wales added, “The declassification of Buckingham Road in Bletchley will help reduce the flow of traffic that is not local. This will be particularly important if Salden Chase is built and traffic starts to use the already highly congested Buckingham Road.”
She concluded, “At present, the Buckingham Road is very congested especially at peak traffic times. The best approach is to persuade drivers not to use the road. By making it an unclassified road vehicles especially Lorries will be encouraged to give it a miss. SatNavs etc will not take cars or lorries by that route.”