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New cycle link in Aylesbury after £400,000 grant

New cycle link in Aylesbury after £400,000 grant

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 12:41pm 6th September 2019.

After a grant of over £400,000 from the government, a new cycleway is going to be build in Aylesbury.

Sustrans, the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle, secured the funding, which is part of a £21 million package to improve the National Cycle Network.

The funding was announced in March, but details of the projects that will benefit have only just been revealed. 

Where will it be?

The new link will run from the end of Aylesbury's Emerald Way gemstone route at Haydon Hill Park, over a new bridge across the river Thame, to the beginning of the Waddesdon Greenway at Aylesbury Vale Parkway station.

This will be complimented by an Aylesbury Garden Town project to upgrade parts of the Emerald Way to complete the link into Aylesbury town centre.

Scheme partners are preparing to submit a planning application by the end of the year and are aiming to commence construction in 2020.

The existing cycle route between the railway station and the Emerald Way at Gogh Road runs beside the busy A41 Bicester Road, including a busy road crossing.

It can be off-putting for people who would otherwise choose to walk or cycle to or from the railway station or into the town centre.

The proposed route will form an important link on the edge of Aylesbury, connecting the large development site at Berryfields with the town centre.

It will also provide a direct link between the residential area of Haydon Hill with the railway station (the future southern terminus of the East West Rail project) and will form an extension to the recently completed Waddesdon Greenway.

James Cleeton, England Director South at Sustrans, said:

"Creating this new traffic-free route will make it much easier for people to travel on foot or by bike for the often short journeys they make every day - whether that's from home to work in the town centre, or to the railway station. 

"Improvement of the local walking and cycling network will also enable increased use by wheelchairs, mobility scooters, adapted cycles, pushchairs and cargo bikes. This is an important step towards our vision of creating paths for everyone on the National Cycle Network."

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

"We're great supporters of walking and cycling as ways to keep fit and healthy, and as an alternative to the car.

"This scheme is good news for our residents, and opens another route for us all to enjoy Buckinghamshire's beautiful countryside." 

Councillor Bill Chapple OBE, Chairman of the Aylesbury Garden Town Delivery Board said:

"Cycling is a garden town priority and we are determined to create great traffic-free, safe routes to help more people enjoy our wonderful Chiltern countryside and to get active."

The funding package from the Department for Transport follows Sustrans' review of the National Cycle Network last year.

The review led to the development of a new vision for the network: paths for everyone. Sustrans acknowledged that there are some significant problems with parts of the current network, for which the charity plays a custodian role, owning only 2% of the land that the Network covers.

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