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City Council secures £1.2m for new walking and cycling route

Milton Keynes City Council has successfully secured £1.2m to create a new walking and cycling route connecting Newton Leys to the Blue Lagoon Nature Reserve in Bletchley.

The route is part of wider walking and cycling improvements that are being delivered under the Bletchley and Fenny Stratford Towns Deal which will see major investment and renewal in the area.

Funding for the new route has been secured through the Government’s Active Travel Fund. The new route is expected to open in 2024 and will create a more direct connection to Bletchley and open up access to the nature reserve for local people. Construction of another route connecting the Blue Lagoon to the wider Bletchley area is already underway.

In 2021, £22.7m was secured through the Towns Deal Fund for Bletchley and Fenny Stratford. The walking and cycling route connecting Newton Leys to the Blue Lagoon was due to be funded through the initial Bletchley Towns Deals Fund allocation, but inflation issues meant the project costs couldn’t be fully covered. The city council successfully sourced alternative funding to ensure this important project is delivered.

More details about the Towns Deal can be found on the Ground Breaking Bletchley and Fenny Stratford website.

“The new route will be welcomed by local people who will have an added incentive to either walk or cycle to where they need to go. We’ve got big ambitions for Bletchley and Fenny Stratford and this is just one of the projects we’re working on to bring transformational change to the area.” - Leader of MK City Council, Cllr Pete Marland


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