Bedford _ Milton Keynes Progress

Issue date: 1 February 2010

Negotiations are underway for the Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Trust to hand over responsibility for the waterway link project to a consortium of local councils and agencies. “As the project moves forward different organisational structures are required,” said B&MKWT chairman Jane Wolfson. “The project has made tremendous strides, but it has grown and matured beyond the capabilities of a single charitable trust.”

The Trust will be a founder member of the consortium, and will maintain its role as a campaigning and community involvement body. Planning permission has been secured on a quarter of the route in Milton Keynes, and the entire stretch of the proposed 16-mile link, between the Grand Union Canal at Milton Keynes and the River Great Ouse at Kempston, is protected in local and regional plans.

The first funded structure – an underpass beneath the new A421 dual carriageway near Stewartby – is now finished. Once complete, the waterway will pass into the care of consortium members who will provide funding to maintain it.