New walking and cycling routes
Development of the Buckinghamshire Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan
The Council are in the process of developing a Buckinghamshire Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) which will establish a comprehensive walking and cycling network across the council area. This will build on the work already underway to create a comprehensive active travel network across Buckinghamshire. The flagship and spine connecting this network is the Buckinghamshire Greenway.
The Buckinghamshire Greenway
Image: A map showing the proposed route of the Buckinghamshire Greenway.
The ‘Buckinghamshire Greenway’ will be a transformational walking and cycling route stretching from Brackley to the Colne Valley, forming the north-south spine of Buckinghamshire’s walking and cycling network that will connect with local active travel networks and links.
Building on Buckinghamshire’s heritage as the birthplace of the Paralympics, the ‘Buckinghamshire Greenway’ will be accessible for all users. It will deliver a step change in the quality of walking and cycling infrastructure in Buckinghamshire. It also links to the Council’s main priorities such as responding to climate change and improving health through reducing congestion, encouraging exercise and boosting local tourism.
Buckinghamshire Council is working with communities and local organisations, including Sustrans and the Department for Transport, to deliver the Buckinghamshire Greenway.
The Buckinghamshire Greenway is being progressed and delivered in phases, as outlined below:
Phase 1 – Waddesdon Greenway
The first phase of the route, the Waddesdon Greenway, a 4km traffic-free route between Aylesbury Vale Parkway Station and the popular National Trust property Waddesdon Manor, was completed in September 2018. The route has proven to be hugely successful, with over 160,000 trips recorded in 2020. This ‘trailblazer’ route gives a taste of the potential benefits which could be unlocked by delivering the further phases of the ‘Buckinghamshire Greenway’.
Phase 2 - Misbourne Greenway
Sustrans, working with Buckinghamshire Council and The Chiltern Society, is delivering the Misbourne Greenway. This will provide the southern section of the Buckinghamshire Greenway along the Misbourne Valley connecting Wendover and Great Missenden Stations.
Planning consent was granted in January 2021 for the route section between Wendover and Great Missenden. Construction is due to start later this year, subject to all other necessary consents being secured.
Phase 3 – Colne Valley
Sustrans is also progressing early feasibility work for the remainder of the route between Great Missenden and the Colne Valley, connecting the villages of Great Missenden, Amersham, Chalfont St Giles, Chalfont St Peter and the Colne Valley.
Northern Phase – HS2 Interface
The northern section of the Greenway is linked to the delivery of HS2 as it intersects with the HS2 line of route in several locations. Buckinghamshire Council has successfully secured agreement with HS2 Ltd and the Department for Transport for the Greenway to be incorporated into the HS2 design at these intersection points.
Provision for the Greenway will be ‘built in’ to HS2’s works. This will avoid complex and costly work in the future where the Greenway needs to cross the railway.
The Buckinghamshire Greenway will link with a series of local active travel routes and networks to provide better connectivity within and between Buckinghamshire’s towns and villages. Buckinghamshire Council is currently progressing work on the development and delivery of the following schemes.
- Aylesbury Garden Town cycling and walking network
- High Wycombe cycling and walking network
- Northern Greenway connections
- Southern Greenway connections