Pickering Drive in Emerson Valley, running through the estate from Chaffron Way (H7) to Rusland Circus on the far side of the estate, is a wide residential road. Yet according to many residents it is an increasingly dangerous fast road.

Local resident Dr Shery Delfani has been talking with other people in the community and they strongly believe the road has become increasingly dangerous as the volume of traffic has increased. The estate road is increasingly being used to bypass grid roads.

Dr Delfani said: “There is a big concern regarding cars speeding along Pickering Drive. I am campaigning for a 20mph speed limit in this road. It would make sense and be easier to implement than speed humps or similar expensive measures.”

Milton Keynes Council has agreed a new approach to speeding traffic on residential estates. It will be supportive of 20 mph schemes where there is strong resident support for such a measure.

Dr Delfani added: “I have written to the Shenley Brook End and Tattenhoe Parish Council asking them to consult the residents of Pickering Drive and the Closes off the road over the introduction of a 20 mph speed limit. I hope they will support the local residents who have raised this matter with me and help me obtain a fuller picture of residents views.”

Community Campaigner Shery Delfani on Pickering Drive in Emerson Valley
Community Campaigner Shery Delfani on Pickering Drive in Emerson Valley

Dr Delfani believes that the volume of traffic can only grow as new areas are developed on the West flank. The future developments at near-by Tattenhoe Park, and Salden Chase will add to traffic on the heavily congested A421, Tattenhoe Street and Fulmer Street. These roads are becoming heavily congested and as a result cars are cutting through Emerson Valley.

Dr Delfani concluded: “Growing traffic numbers is a big challenge. If the result is more cars deciding to cut through Emerson Valley then we need to secure a speed limit that stops cars going too fast through a residential area. I believe a 20 mph limit may be a good way to proceed. I hope the parish council will support me in addressing the problem. That will then help me persuade Milton Keynes Council that residents support such a change.”

Residential roads are becoming increasingly congested around Milton Keynes.
Residential roads are becoming increasingly congested around Milton Keynes.
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