Single town in Milton Keynes to be 'transformed' with £23m funding, Chancellor's budget confirms today
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that £23m is to be ploughed into regenerating one town within MK.
Bletchley is set to benefit from the huge investment as part of the government's New Towns Deal aimed at levelling up the UK.
The Chancellor today outlined the plans to transform the town’s prospects with a focus on regenerating Queensway, improved redway links to the town centre, broadband connectivity, skills and culture.
The Bletchley bid was put together by a Town Fund Board made up of many prominent local figures including
MP Iain Stewart and chaired by John Cove, from MK Dons.
The funding will mean Bletchley town centre can undergo a bold levelling-up project as the town hopes to seize on new growth opportunities that have arisen from the planned East-West Rail scheme that will provide Bletchley with direct rail links to Oxford and Cambridge.
The size of the investment from the government will see Bletchley benefit from the creation of an eastern railway station, reconnecting the town centre and the station and opening up Queensway to new visitors and opportunities.
The investment will mean underused buildings and sites in town centre being redeveloped as part of the Conservatives’ aim to ensure long-term renewal for Bletchley.
It will mean jobs, skills and connectivity will be boosted in Bletchley as a result of the commitment to unlocking the full potential of towns and communities, and helping to fast forward our COVID recovery.
Iain Stewart, MP for MK South, said: "I am grateful for the Conservative government's commitment to levelling up communities across England and their acceptance of Bletchley and Fenny Stratford's Towns Fund Deal bid.
"This money for the regeneration and renovation of Queensway, Bletchley Train Station and the surrounding areas will go a long way to improve the lives of local residents and businesses as well as bettering the experience of visitors to the area."
Mr Stewart added: "The future for Bletchley and Fenny Stratford continues to excite me, and I am proud to have played a role in securing this funding for the community and local economies."
Cllr Allan Rankine, ward councillor for Bletchley Park, said: “The Conservatives are backing Bletchley and putting proper money into the places that need it. This is a crucial time for our community and with this investment, we can embark on an ambitious plan to boost Bletchley Queensway, create new jobs and unlock Bletchley’s huge potential."