Regarding the relocation of Aylesbury Vale Academy to the new site on Berryfields, the overall position is that there are sustainable travel opportunities available to staff and students of the relocated Aylesbury Vale Academy (AVA) and the promotion of the travel plan will provide information to all those using the school to enable them to make an informed travel choice.
Aylesbury Vale Academy is required to produce a travel plan as part of the planning permission for the new school. Any queries relating to sustainable travel to the new site should be directed to Aylesbury Vale Academy in the first instance.
The options for sustainable travel to the new site include:
Using the existing Rainbow Route network of bus services in Aylesbury. Orange Route 3 serves town centre, Elmhurst, Haydon Hill and Quarrendon to alight at Jackson Road and use the recently installed footway along the A41. Blue Route 2 also serves this area.
Route 16 serves the A41 and bus stops have recently been installed near to Aylesbury vale Parkway roundabout(this is likely to be relocated to the west of the roundabout soon as it currently means people walking along the verge) and between the traffic signal junction and Stone Bridge for Eastbound services.
A Westbound bus stop, and Toucan crossing to allow users to cross the A41, will be implemented in the coming months, between the traffic signal junction and Stone Bridge for Westbound services, and it is expected to be installed by March 2013. More information on bus routes, timetables etc for Aylesbury is available viahttp://www.rainbowroutes.co.uk
In addition, a dedicated public bus serving Berryfields development and Aylesbury Vale Parkway to/from Aylesbury is expected to be in place in Summer 2013 which will enhance the existing Rainbow Route services.
The exact details of the bus routing, pricing and bus stop locations are currently being worked on but it is expected that the service will be similar to existing rainbow route services with circa 15/20 minute frequency.
We are currently working on producing the tender documents and Bucks County Council set the fares, especially in the early years as the subsidy received from the developers goes to funding the service. It is expected that the pricing strategy will be in line with other rainbow route services, prices available from the bus driver or bus station.
Bus stops will be located on the loop roads around the development and at appropriate locations near to the school, district centre etc
The school's draft travel plan shows routes for students to use from the existing site/home.
The recently installed cycleway on the A41 will be surfaced in the coming weeks and will be extended to Meadowcroft and therefore link into the Ruby Way cycleway which links to the wider Gemstones cycle routes across Aylesbury.
The deadline for the developers to deliver this cycleway is December 2013 but we are in discussions with the developers to bring forward the provision of footpaths, cycleways in time for the school opening but cannot guarantee this will happen as there is no legal obligation on the developers to do so.
It is expected that footpaths linking Fletcher Close to the school, including a bridge over the river, will be in place before or very shortly after AVA relocates.
The improvements outlined above will either be undertaken by or funded via the Berryfields development.
Some students attending AVA also live in areas where the option to use the train from Aylesbury town station to Aylesbury Vale Parkway(AVP) exists and it is expected that from December 2012, Chiltern Railways will be running more trains to AVP than at present.
Train times can be found at: www.chilternrailways.co.uk