Haydon Hill Cycleway

8/26/2021 10:16:55 AM

We have extended the Waddesdon Greenway by building a walking and cycling route which connects the Roman Park in Berryfields with Gogh Road in Haydon Hill. The new route included the installation of 3 bridges over the River Thame.

The aim of the project is to:

  • support the increased cycling and walking demand
  • improve sustainable access to Aylesbury Vale Parkway Station (future EWR terminus)

From week commencing 19 April 2021, for a period of 4 months, we started works to build a new path for pedestrian and cyclists. 

On Thursday 19th and Friday 20th August 2021, work on the raised crossings/ speed humps at Pershore Way and Valor Drive, Aylesbury was completed. This has provided a smooth transition of cycles and pedestrians across Pershore Way and Valor Drive.

On Tuesday 24th of August 2021, the new cycleway extension to Waddesdon Greenway was officially opened. Supporters took to their bikes and scooters to be among the first over the River Thame bridge.

Residents await the opening of the cycleway at the ribbon cutting event

Snipping expertly through the ribbon, Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Transport, Steve Broadbent said he was delighted to officially open the route. "This is a fantastic new asset for both our residents and visitors to use. Not only will it build on the huge success of the Waddesdon Greenway since it opened in 2018, but it now completes a low-traffic route all the way from Aylesbury town centre to Waddesdon village, with an important connection to Aylesbury Vale Parkway station too, which is great news."

Louis Devenish, Senior Network Development Manager for south of England at Sustrans said: “It’s brilliant to see the Haydon Hill link open for everyone to enjoy.

 

Background

The Waddesdon Greenway, a 2.5 mile cycleway between Waddesdon and Aylesbury Vale Parkway, opened September 2018. It has proved very popular with over 70,000 trips recorded on the route within the last year.

The route is used for a mix of leisure and commuting trips, particularly in the summer.

Due to a lack of a continuous route into Aylesbury, the usefulness of the route beyond being a leisure route is currently limited.

When complete, the link will provide a low-traffic connection between Aylesbury town centre, Aylesbury Vale Parkway station (a future terminus of East West Rail), Berryfields and Waddesdon.

We hope the scheme will encourage health, congestion and air quality benefits through a shift towards active travel.

The plan below shows the detail of the proposed route.

Plan of Haydon Hill cycleway

 

Current progress

In December 2019, a planning application was submitted. A decision to approve the planning application was made on 16 July 2020.

So far on the project:

  • the ground investigation and ecological works have been completed
  • the design and build of 3 new bridges have begun off site
  • a feasibility study has been completed and planning permission has been granted
  • design development and site investigations have been completed
  • contractors have been appointed and award of contract completed
  • the Environment Agency licence has been completed
  • we completed the award of contract for the cycleway construction in August 2020
  • we completed vegetation clearance in October 2020
  • We started the main works of the cycleway 19 April 2021and completed works 20 August 2021
  • We carried out a public consultation on the implementation of raised crossings/speed humps at Pershore Way and Valor Drive, Aylesbury. Consultation started 28 July 2021 (for a period of 21 days) and ended 18 August 2021

 

Next steps

Our next steps on the project include:

  • signing of the routes and planting spoil mound with trees in Autumn 2021

 

Bulletins

We will be providing regular project updates through e-bulletins.

View our current bulletins

If you wish to receive these, email hitmailbox@buckinghamshire.gov.uk. Alternatively, you can sign up for bulletins online.

 

Documents

Planning permission (decision notice)

 

Press releases

New Haydon Hill Greenway extension officially opens 24 August 2021
New cycle route section linking Waddesdon and Aylesbury is officially opened 24 August 2021
Preparation works start for Aylesbury's new Haydon Hill cycleway 14 October 2020
Green light for new 'greenway' 29 July 2020

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