Aylesbury's Western Link Road opened to traffic this afternoon (Tuesday September 30). Covering just under two miles, the link road connects the A41 at the new Berryfields estate with the A413 at the Buckingham Park estate.
Just before 9am, a small group gathered on the link road, and Ruth Vigor-Hedderly, Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Transport, cut the green ribbon to mark the first day in traffic.
Joining Ruth for the opening ceremony were Richard Harrington, Chief Executive of the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, Ian Mitchell, Chairman of the Consortium of developers that built the road, and representatives from the new Berryfields residents groups.
Ruth said: 'The Western Link Road will do a great deal to help relieve pressure on routes in and around Aylesbury, which is good news for residents getting around town. Also good news is the shared use cycleway along the link road, which will eventually give cyclists from the estates a new route to Aylesbury Vale Parkway station.'
Work on the £11 million project began in June 2013 by Kier Infrastructure and Overseas, which has spent more than 160,000 operational hours in total on the project, which has been nominated for a Green Apple award for environmental best practice.
The Berryfields Consortium of developers - Taylor Wimpey South Midlands, Martin Grant Homes, Kier Living and Banner Homes - has funded the link road.
When complete Berryfields will comprise more than 3,000 homes, two schools, 13 play areas, 15 open spaces and a local centre.