Cycleway will reach Buckingham town centre
The successful cycleway along the A413 Buckingham Road will soon reach the town centre. Plans have been drawn up to extend into Buckingham the shared footway and cycleway, linking Winslow with the outskirts of the town.
Two 'arms' of the cycleway will diverge beyond the A421 ring road roundabout - one arm through the Badgers estate to Cornwalls Meadow, and a second arm along London Road to serve Swan Pool, the George Grenville Academy, the Buckingham School and the Royal Latin School.
Funding of £350,000 will come from developer contributions. This week (w/b December 11) Buckinghamshire County Council launched a six-week consultation www.buckscc.gov.uk/buckinghamcycleway seeking views from residents and businesses about the plans for the route through the Badgers estate. It closes on Wednesday 24 January.
The 5.6 mile shared footway and cycleway, from Winslow to the A421 roundabout at Buckingham, opened in January. At summer peak times trip counters along the route registered more than 100 cycle journeys a day. Two years ago, that figure was just 16.
This week County Councillor Charlie Clare, who represents the Badgers estate, set out on his bike to deliver letters inviting residents to take part in the public consultation. "This is a great opportunity for residents to help shape the way sustainable travel develops in Buckingham," said Charlie.
Mark Shaw, Deputy Leader and Transport Cabinet Member, said: "I'm delighted we're able to extend this important link right into the town centre. We've already seen how well used it is and I hope this extension will encourage even more residents to consider other means of getting around."
Once plans are finalised, work on the cycleway extension through Badgers estate could start in Spring 2018.
Consultation on plans for the London Road arm will start early next year.
IN THE PICTURES:
Ready to pedal: County Councillor Charlie Clare acts as postman with letters inviting residents to take part in the consultation
Testing the route: Transport Cabinet Member Mark Shaw and Winslow County Councillor John Chilver try out the cycleway near Adstock