Aylesbury and Buckingham Transport Strategies

1. Introduction

Buckinghamshire County Council is responsible for producing the various transport strategies and policies for the County.  Our role is to plan ahead for Buckinghamshire’s transport future, mitigating against the impact of new development, rising car use and an aging population to ensure that we keep Buckinghamshire thriving and attractive.  Our main vision is established in our Local Transport Plan 4 which was adopted in 2016.  We also produce the supporting strategies to LTP4 which are detailed in the following pages.

2. Aylesbury and Buckingham transport strategies

In order to support the planned growth for Aylesbury and Buckingham, two transport strategies have been developed: the Aylesbury and the Buckingham Transport Strategy.  These strategies have identified a range of measures which will help to manage the transport impacts of this growth.  This work has been jointly developed by Buckinghamshire County Council and Aylesbury Vale District Council. 

Aylesbury Transport Strategy

The Aylesbury Transport Strategy sets out the improvements needed to support proposed growth in the town between 2016 – 2033.

The draft Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan identifies Aylesbury as playing a critical role in delivering growth for the district and the rest of Buckinghamshire. The town has also been recently awarded Government backing as a Garden Town and will be a focus for:

  • 15,000 new market and affordable housing
  • new investment in economic activity and regeneration
  • new retail and employment development

The also addresses current issues on the transport network. It forms a key transport policy document for both BCC and Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC).

The main transport improvements identified in the Aylesbury Transport Strategy are:

  • Implementing a series of link roads around the town to divert cross town and through town traffic
  • Improving cycling and pedestrian links
  • Improving transport links to the Aylesbury train stations
  • Improving the local and regional bus network
  • Upgrading the existing bus station
  • Ensure accessibility for all within the town and to key destinations

Buckingham Transport Strategy

The growth aspirations in the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP) are likely to have an affect on transport requirements in Buckingham. The aim of the BTS is to consider growth aspirations holistically and propose measures that address their affects as a whole, rather than the affect of each individual development.  The Buckingham Transport Strategy also addresses existing transport issues in the town.

The main transport improvements identified in the BTS are:

  • Western Link Road - Single carriageway between Stowe Ave and A421 with aim of reducing traffic (including HGV) movements through the town centre
  • Route downgrade of West St/Brackley Rd
  • Improving bus connections to Winslow
  • Expanding or relocating the town centre bus stand
  • Improving walking and cycling accessibility within the town and to other destinations such as Milton Keynes and Silverstone


3. Developer travel planning

A Travel Plan is a document designed to mitigate the transport impacts of a development on the highway network.  Travel plans are required for most new commercial and residential developments of 80 dwellings or more. 

Travel plans should include the following essential elements.

  • A description of the development.
  • A baseline survey of the residents/staff/visitors.
  • A named travel plan coordinator.
  • Realistic objectives appropriate to the site.
  • A clear action plan of measures to encourage use of sustainable transport.
  • A ‘SMART’ Target to reduce single occupancy car use by at least 10% within the first 5 years of occupation.
  • Commitment to monitor and review the travel plan.

The guidelines include a detailed template to enable the developer to produce a robust and effective travel plan.

Developers should contact us as soon as possible to see what guidance and advice we can offer. This will help ensure the travel plan meets with Buckinghamshire's criteria.

The cost to a developer will be £1000 annually for support from us for 5 years. A breakdown of charges is provided in the guidelines. We provide a list of suggested initiatives for travel plan coordinators. We will also support the travel plan by providing regular newsletters and campaign resources.

For more information please email travelplanning@buckscc.gov.uk.


Developer travel plan guidelines - PDF

4. Freight Strategy


Freight refers to goods moved by any mode of transport. This includes the Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) and Light Goods Vehicles (LGVs) on our roads but could include barges, air and rail freight, buses, coaches and caravans. Under UK Vehicle Excise Duty rules, also known as vehicle tax, a Heavy Goods Vehicle is any truck weighing over 3,500 kilograms.

The transportation of goods by freight plays a key role in servicing Buckinghamshire’s industry, communities and supporting our growth and economic development. Freight offers our residents choice as consumers and businesses, keeping the county thriving and attractive. As Buckinghamshire grows, so does the volume of goods traffic.

Rises in online retail, new housing and other major physical projects proposed in and around Buckinghamshire requires a joined-up approach to manage the associated freight movements. Schemes affecting freight movements in Buckinghamshire during and after their development include Western Rail Access to Heathrow, M4 Smart Motorway, HS2, East-West Rail and the Heathrow Expansion.

Freight Strategy

The management of freight is complex, requiring a mix of short-term interventions and longer-term commitments. It’s important we have a strategy to help manage this.

Buckinghamshire’s statutory Local Transport Plan 4 committed to developing a new Freight Strategy; ensuring freight continues to help Buckinghamshire grow, thrive and develop. In response, we have developed a Freight Strategy to help balance the need for efficient distribution of goods with the needs of our environment and communities.

To help inform the Strategy, we ran a two-week online survey in summer 2017 and the 1092 responses we received about people’s views about freight in their area helped us create a draft document. We also attended LAF meetings, site visits with Parish Councils and meetings with industry organisations such as the Freight Transport Association. Overall, feedback focused on three areas:

  • HGVs using appropriate routes
  • Businesses and freight operators knowing where recommended freight routes are
  • Road safety and driver behaviour

Delivering the Freight Strategy

The Freight Strategy recognises the need to allow access of HGVs to support local businesses, whilst managing impact on residents and the environment. In order to help ensure HGV through-traffic is directed along appropriate strategic routes and that only necessary journeys occur on the local network (i.e. for access to business parks, farms, deliveries etc.), an area-based approach has been investigated for managing freight movements. The intention is that HGVs will be forced to use the most suitable roads in the area (such as A and B roads) with the local road network only being used by those accessing for deliveries, business etc.

The Ivinghoe area freight engagement is one of five locations identified for intervention through the adopted Countywide Freight Strategy, based upon initial analysis work and comments from local communities regarding volumes of HGVs. This area will be used as a pilot for replicating a similar approach within other affected areas across the county.

Consultation and Adoption

A 6-week consultation was held between 26th February to 9th April 2018 that helped us to identify local problem areas, explore untapped opportunities, and pinpoint solutions. Following the consultation, we evaluated the responses and produced a consultation report that captures the feedback received and how we’ve used it to shape the final Freight Strategy.

The Freight Strategy was adopted by Buckinghamshire County Council in June 2018. Please find below a copy of the Freight Strategy and other related documents.

To find out more about how we are working to deliver the Freight Strategy, please see our 'Limits and routing for heavy goods vehicles' webpage.


If you have any questions about this consultation, please email freight@buckscc.gov.uk or by telephone 01296 395000.

5. Improvement line review

Improvement lines are sections of land designated for future transport improvement purposes, the lines are there to ensure that plans for development incorporate transport infrastructure needed to support and improve the transport network.

The improvement lines take several forms including those improvement lines being protected for road widening schemes, bus lane schemes and lines that are laid down in areas of potential development to indicate that transport infrastructure is necessary to support the development.

The Improvement Line Review (ILR) is a process carried out to consider current improvement lines and determine whether they are still required for future highway improvements. If the line is no longer required, it can be revoked.

The most recent ILR was carried out between Autumn 2006 and February 2007 to provide information for and support the preparation of District Council Local Development Frameworks.   We hope to have another review of all improvement lines by 2019, so please check this page for updates.

For more information, please contact us at transportstrategy@buckscc.gov.uk


6. Parking guidance

The parking guidance sets out Buckinghamshire County Council’s (BCC) approach to parking throughout the county, ensuring developers provide the appropriate level and type of parking for new developments. 

This includes how much parking new developments should provide for:

  • Bicycles
  • Motorcycles
  • Cars
  • Blue badge holders

The standards aim to help ensure that all new developments provide the right amount of parking, wherever they are in Buckinghamshire.


7. Highways Development Management Guidance

Highways Development Management Guidance

Buckinghamshire Council’s Highways Development Management Guidance is intended to help developers create great places and thriving communities. 

Buckinghamshire is a rapidly growing county and its economy is one of the strongest in the country. As it grows our challenge is to help it remain a thriving, attractive, place to live and work. To do this it is important that growth happens in the right way.

The Guidance is designed to be a practical working guide for developers. The Highways Development Management Guidance includes 31 key guidance points over 4 sections of the report. The sections cover:

  • Key Principles
  • Designing for Transport Inside Developments
  • Managing Developments Transport Impacts
  • Delivering Works on the Highway

Developers should use the Guidance to help them prepare successful proposals quickly and effectively.

This document is just part of the council’s efforts to make development work in Buckinghamshire. Developers are strongly encouraged to discuss their proposals with the Council’s Highways Development Management team at the earliest possible stage to see what other support and advice is available.

The Highways Development Management Guidance was adopted by the former Buckinghamshire County Council in July 2018. The Guidance can be found as a download on this page, alongside the Highways Development Management Guidance Consultation report.



Development Management Guidance document

Development Management Guidance Consultation Report

8. Getting to School Strategy (SMoTS)

The Getting to School Strategy is fulfilling our duty to produce a Sustainable Modes of Travel Strategy as outlined in the Education and Inspections act 2006.  It is an accompanying document to the Council’s Local Transport Plan 4. This strategy is designed to set out how we will promote the use of sustainable modes of travel to schools, colleges and other education centres.  It includes the transport needs of students aged 16+, and pupils with Special Education Needs or Disabilities.

Sustainable travel means forms of transport that reduce congestion and improve health.  This includes buses, trains, walking and cycling. Within this strategy, we discuss our current activities and initiatives, followed by the challenges we face.  Finally, it sets out actions and objectives for encouraging sustainable education travel and how we will work (and support others) to meet our targets.

This document has multiple purposes:

  • Meeting our statutory duty to maintain a SMoTS (as outlined in the Education and Inspections Act 2006) which should:
    • Promote the use of sustainable modes of travel to meet the school travel needs of Buckinghamshire.
    • Assess our school travel needs
    • Assess our facilities and services for sustainable modes of travel to, from and within Buckinghamshire
  • Reducing congestion around schools and education establishments
  • Outlining how schools can increase sustainable travel
  • Informing parents/carers about the benefits of sustainable travel
  • Improving the health and wellbeing of young people


Getting to School Strategy