Buckingham cycleway extension work to start
Work starts on Wednesday (27 March) on a second extension to the popular Buckingham to Winslow shared footway and cycleway.
The extension, commissioned by Buckinghamshire County Council at a cost of £180,000, will serve the Swan Pool Leisure Centre, the Buckingham School and the Royal Latin School.
It involves widening the pavementalong the Buckingham-bound side of London Road,providing a link to the leisure centre and the Buckingham School, with a new spur towards the Royal Latin School.
As road and footpath construction progresses, temporary lights will manage traffic from Monday 8 April between 9.30am and 3.30pm. Construction is scheduled to take 10 weeks and the extension will be open this summer.
The first extension, linking London Road with the town centre through Badgers estate and Cornwalls Meadow, opened in September last year at a cost of £73,000. Funding for both schemes came from developer contributions.
Mark Shaw, Deputy Leader and Transport Cabinet Member, said he was delighted the County Council was able to provide another extension to the successful £2.3 million Buckingham to Winslow shared footway and cycleway.
“This is an important scheme that has opened the way for people to support sustainable travel by walking and cycling, and we’ve already seen how well-used the main section is,” said Mark. “This extension will greatly benefit those who use the leisure centre and who walk or cycle to school.”
The 5.6 mile section between Winslow and the outskirts of Buckingham opened in January 2017. Last year cycle counters on the route logged more than 10,500 journeys annually through Winslow, just over 10,000 through Padbury, and almost 8,500 past Adstock.
During some summer days, more than 100 cycle journeys a day were measured at Winslow. Before the cycleway opened that figure was just 16.
Updated information about the Buckingham London Road extension can be found at:https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/transport-and-roads/road-projects-and-improvement-schemes/a413-sustainable-travel-scheme/