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Walkers and cyclists enjoy Waddesdon Greenway

The trail from Aylesbury Vale Parkway Station to Waddesdon Manor was officially opened this morning

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 2:33pm 13th September 2018. (Updated at 2:37pm 13th September 2018) 3-minute read.

Walkers and cyclists enjoy Waddesdon Greenway

Schoolchildren, walkers and cyclists now have access to the Greenway trail from Aylesbury to Waddesdon, which was officially opened today (13th Sep).

The route from Aylesbury Vale Parkway Station to Waddesdon Manor, allows cyclists and walkers to travel across beautiful countryside in a traffic-free environment. 

The ribbon was cut this morning by Transport Minister, Jesse Norman, who's responsible for walking and cycling.

Waddesdon Greenway, Jesse Norman MP
Jesse Norman MP arriving at Aylesbury Vale Parkway Station

The Greenway trail follows the old Roman Akeman Street to the National Trust property.

It's the outcome of a £1 million partnership between Buckinghamshire County Council, Greenways and Cycle Routes Ltd, the Cycle Rail Working Group, the Rail Delivery Group and several local landowners, including the Waddesdon Estate and Rothschild Foundation.

The project has been funded by the Department for Transport as part of a scheme to connect rural communities to their nearest rail station.

Waddesdon Greenway officially opened for walkers and cyclists
The gates to the Greenway at Aylesbury Vale Parkway Station

"This is a milestone occasion!" 

This morning (13th Sep) Jesse Norman invited the public to join him on the guided trail, let by John Grimshaw, CBE.

The Greenway trail was completed with the help of volunteers who helped to build two bridges, fill and lay 3,000 sandbags for 25 culvert headwalls, and install benches.

 

 

Mark Shaw, County Council Deputy Leader and Transport Cabinet Member said:

"The new Greenway trail is a great opportunity to get out of your car and use the train, your bike - and your legs - to enjoy some beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside on the way to Waddesdon Manor. Now this really does promote sustainable travel!"

Project designer John Grimshaw CBE, of Greenways and Cycle Routes, said:

"We're immensely proud to be involved in designing this trail. It has all the potential to be a high-quality trailblazer for rural routes between villages and local rail stations."

Waddesdon Greenway officially opened for walkers and cyclists
Cyclists on the Greenway

Phillip Darnton OBE, chair of the Cycle Rail Working Group, said:

"The Waddesdon Greenway marks the first phase of our 'Stations to Communities Links' programme, an exciting new initiative to encourage everyone, whether cyclist or walker, to discover and enjoy their local community. This first Greenway is a brilliant start!"

Local County Councillor and Deputy Transport Cabinet Member Paul Irwin, said:

"This is a milestone occasion! It's an easy cycle ride and a lovely walk, and visitors from London will love it. So will residents from Berryfields and Waddesdon village."

Waddesdon Greenway officially opened for walkers and cyclists
Steel bridge built by volunteers

The trail also connects with the Gemstone Cycle routes and footpaths in Aylesbury.

Buckinghamshire County Council and Greenways and Cycleroutes Ltd have aspirations for more walking and cycling routes to connect towns, villages, urban centres, airports and tourist attractions along the HS2 corridor.

Waddesdon Greenway officially opened for walkers and cyclists


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