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Dear Milton Keynes Council,

Following the recent closure of the V4 Watling Street road and redway to the west of Two Mile Ash (TMA), can you please provide this information:

1. Whether an assessment was performed of the potential safety risks of road and redway traffic diverted through or around TMA during the closure. If an assessment was performed please provide a copy.

2. Mitigations of safety risks caused by diverted traffic that have been considered to date for the V4 road closure above and whether they have been implemented.

3. Mitigations of safety risks caused by any road closure implemented by the authority in the past 5 years.

Yours faithfully,

Dan Biggs

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Ahmed, Naveed, Milton Keynes Council

Mr Biggs

 

Thank you for your recent Freedom of Information requests, please find
below response to your questions

 

 

Following the recent closure of the V4 Watling Street road and redway to
the west of Two Mile Ash (TMA), can you please provide this information:

 

1.       Whether an assessment was performed of the potential safety risks
of road and redway traffic diverted through or around TMA during the
closure.   If an assessment was performed please provide a copy.

 

Any closure on the public highway undergoes a process of design options
and reviews in order to establish an appropriate and safe traffic
management plan. This is in accordance with Chapter 8  Traffic Signs
Manual, which is a national guidance document for the safe implementation
for any temporary traffic management .  Options for Traffic Management
plans were also discussed with ward councillors for the area

 

 

2.       Mitigations of safety risks caused by diverted traffic that have
been considered to date for the V4 road closure above and whether they
have been implemented.

 

There has been daily monitoring of the site initially by various MK
Council & Ringway officers ( Ringway are our contractor undertaking the
works on behalf of MK Council). On 14 June  a  check was carried out on
the traffic management installed and a number of changes and additional
signs were identified and implemented.

We are in discussion around Speed watch checks   with the parish council.
Speed & volume counts  are being arranged  within the estate and will be
undertaken within the next 2 weeks. Wk. commencing 15.07.19

Traffic Calming measures on High Street, Two Mile Ash, currently being
costed before consultation begins.  There have been actions following a
monitoring period with diversions clearly signed, additional signs
implemented Several options were looked at, discussed  and either
implemented or rejected, e.g. Right turn bans exiting Two mile Ash,
considered and excluded due to putting further pressure on existing
accident / possible accident spots at Pitfield and Kensington Drive..

We have also liaised with Thames Valley Police who will see if they can
provide an ad hoc police enforcement to deal with the perceived speeding
of cars through TMA

 

3.       Mitigations of safety risks caused by any road closure
implemented by the authority in the past 5 years.

 

Please see response to question 1, all our  closures are undertaken in
accordance with Chapter 8 . We also undertook a  Lessons learned from the
implementation of the Toucan crossing in Fullers Slade on the V4. As a
result we have improved our communications with residents for this
closure, we have regular updates on the V4 closure via our website, have
implemented ‘Roadshows’ to allow members of the public to raise their
concerns with us and provide direct face to face feedback. We have also
have been working closely with the  local parishes and ward councillors  

 

I hope the above satisfactorily addresses your FOI queries.

 

Kind regards

Naveed Ahmed

Senior Highway Liaison Officer

 

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