County Roads

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Give us your views on roads

 

Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC) is seeking the opinions of residents on the county’s road system in a new online survey that will provide information that will inform the council’s strategic highways planning.

This online survey is open to all residents, and is in addition to the annual National Highways and Transportation (NHT) survey which was sent to 3,300 randomly selected households in Buckinghamshire during June.

Through this survey, BCC will be taking a deeper look at two of the key NHT questions which concern ‘Road Condition’ and ‘Road Congestion’. The opinions collected through this survey will be used to supplement the information obtained via the NHT.

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Transportation Mark Shaw said: “when we look at the combined results of these two surveys, we can really start to build a picture of how the public views and rates our services. This will assist both Buckinghamshire County Council with transport planning and Transport for Buckinghamshire – the strategic highway maintenance arm of the organisation – with advising us on where the roads budget is best spent each year.

“We really value the views of our residents, and this additional questionnaire will give us a better understanding of any issues respondents are experiencing with road condition and road congestion.”

The survey will remain open to the residents of Buckinghamshire until 30 September 2019. It takes under five minutes to complete and is open to all residents even if they have responded to the initial NHT survey received last month.  The results will be made available on the BCC website in the autumn this year.

Complete the survey here:

www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BCCtransportsurvey2019

 

New Bus Company to Run Rural Route

County Council transport officers have brokered a new deal to keep the rural route 60 bus service running.

The long-distance service, run by Arriva to serve villages to the north of Aylesbury, was due to finish on 28 July after the company gave the County Council statutory notice that it wouldn’t be continuing.

But today (Wednesday 10 July)  the Council announced that Red Rose Travel bus company will take over the route with a revised timetable. And services from Buckingham Tesco to Maids Moreton will be absorbed into other routes.

The existing eight-times-a-day subsidised Route 60 runs from Aylesbury to Buckingham and Maids Moreton, serving Oving, North Marston, Granborough, and Winslow, carrying between 30 and 40 passengers a day.

It’s one of 46 bus routes across Buckinghamshire that the County Council supports with a £1.8 million fund from local taxes to give access to local communities.

The new route 60 timetable between Buckingham, Winslow and Aylesbury, has been created to meet the majority of users’ needs, drawing on travel patterns and the council’s own surveys. It provides six journeys each way between Winslow and Aylesbury, with three extended to Buckingham.

Between Buckingham and Maids Moreton, Monday to Friday journeys will be run by routes 18 and 151, while on Saturday routes 131 and 132 will operate the service.

Mark Shaw, Deputy Leader and Transport Cabinet Member, said that in negotiating with another company to operate the route for the County Council, officers had considered journeys made by school pupils, by people getting to and from work, and by people who would otherwise be socially isolated.

“Our rural routes receive some of the highest levels of subsidy and we work closely with bus companies to encourage greater use,” said Mark. “With route 60 I believe the new arrangements we’ve negotiated provide support that most closely matches the needs of users.”

Arrangements for the new routes can be found in the bus timetables section of the County Council website.

Extensions complete Buckingham to Winslow cycleway

The final extension to the Buckingham to Winslow cycleway has been given the finishing touches, and is ready for residents’ rubber to hit the road.

Work on the £180,000 London Road to Buckingham schools section started in March and, ahead of final safety checks in the coming few weeks, local County Councillors Charlie Clare and Warren Whyte gave it a wheely good once-over.

The extension serves the Swan Pool Leisure Centre, the Buckingham School and the Royal Latin School, and involved widening the pavement along the Buckingham-bound side of London Road.

It joins an earlier £73,000 extension through the Badgers estate to Cornwalls Meadow, finished last September, in linking the town centre with the main cycleway from Winslow to the Buckingham ring road.

Mark Shaw, Deputy Leader and Transport Cabinet Member, said he was delighted Buckinghamshire County Council was able to provide another extension to the successful £2.3 million Buckingham to Winslow shared footway and cycleway.

“This really does open the choices for people to walk or cycle in Buckingham,” said Mark. “We’ve already seen how well-used the main section is and the two extensions will be a huge benefit for those who use the leisure centre, walk or cycle to school, and for those who want to avoid the traffic into the town centre.”

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.

The main shared footway and cycleway was paid for by a Local Growth Fund grant through the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, and the extension scheme was funded by Lace Hill developer contributions.

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