Milton Keynes redway system

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The Milton Keynes redway system (locally known as Redways)[1] is a 169.3 miles (272.5 km) network of cycleways/paths for cyclists and pedestrians in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England.[2] It is generally surfaced with red tarmac, and criss-crosses most of the city.

A Redway runs along the disused track bed of the former Wolverton to Newport Pagnell Line.

Some of these Redways run next to the grid roads and local roads, with underpasses or bridges where they intersect major roads. Others run through park land and along the floodplain of the Great Ouse and its tributaries.

Construction of the Redway commenced in the 1970s with the start of the construction of the new town. By 1980 it was the largest urban cycleway system in the UK with 22 miles (35.4 km) in use.[3]

National Cycle Network[edit]

Cycleway network in Milton Keynes. NCN routes 6 an 51 are highlighted in red. (Extracted from Openstreetmap.org
© OpenStreetMap contributors).

The national Sustrans National Cycle Network Route 6 (Derby – Luton) and Route 51 (Cambridge – Oxford) runs to and through the city (map). Route 6 enters the city at Old Wolverton and runs south through Milton Keynes on the local Redway network and on some of the 'trim trail' routes. The route takes in Campbell Park before eventually merging with route 51 at the National Bowl. Route 51 runs in a loop beginning at the National Bowl running north through Knowlhill and Loughton. The route then crosses over the A5 and into Central Milton Keynes by Milton Keynes Central railway station. The route then runs along Midsummer Boulevard passing between the Centre: MK and Midsummer Place shopping centre crosses over into Campbell Park before joining back up with Route 6 by the Grand Union Canal.

Cycle storage can be found along route 51 at Milton Keynes Central train station (covered cycle racks) and at the junction of Midsummer Boulevard and Witan Gate where there are storage and changing facilities available. There are also frequent Sheffield cycle racks near the station, and outside the shopping centre and theatre, on both sides of Midsummer Boulevard. Cyclists appear to be encouraged to cycle through car parks (with two-way lanes) on each side of Midsummer Boulevard, and use pedestrian underpasses at the major junctions (cars use the roundabouts and/or traffic lights).

The Swan's Way long distance footpath also uses part of the Redway system.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Redway Facts". MK Web. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Milton Keynes Redways". Destination Milton Keynes. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Bainbridge, Cyril (22 November 1980). "Six million with nothing to lose but their chains". The Times (60783). p. 3. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 

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