At a recent public inquiry, the safety of the planned Southeast Aylesbury Link Road (SEALR) was again called into question.
HFAG made strong representations to the Buckinghamshire Council planning committee in January 2021 on this very topic. Quoting the council’s own Road Safety Audit, we pointed out our concern that on the SEALR – a one-mile straight stretch of dual carriageway — vehicles would be very likely to travel at excessive speed. The same point was made by Thames Valley Police, who expect some drivers to go at “much higher speeds” than intended by the designers.
Those designers and the wider council ignored these warnings and concerns. They have refused to alter the straightness of the road, arguing that ‘constraints of the scheme’ justify their decision.
Just as bad is that the SEALR is not even going to have laybys for speed enforcement vehicles. These had been requested by the police as a second best to provide at least “some deterrent strategy”. Talk about planning to fail!
These points and others were strongly made by Phil Yerby supporting local residents at the public enquiry into a compulsory purchase order required for the SEALR scheme. Whether the planning Inspector accepts these arguments or not, they have at least been made in public.
There must be a concern that the Council could be building a new ‘Mad Mile’ at Aylesbury.