Schoolchildren, walkers and cyclists now have access to the Waddesdon Greenway trail from Aylesbury to Waddesdon, which was officially opened on 13th September.
The route from Aylesbury Vale Parkway Station to Waddesdon Manor, allows cyclists and walkers to travel across beautiful countryside in a traffic-free environment.
The ribbon was cut by Transport Minister, Jesse Norman, who’s responsible for walking and cycling.
The Greenway Trail was funded by £1million investment from the Department for Transport as part of their ‘Cycling and walking investment strategy’ and will allow cyclists and walkers to travel across beautiful countryside in a safe and vehicle-free environment.
Cycling and walking minister Jesse Norman said:
This kind of initiative is exactly why we launched our £1.2 billion cycling and walking investment strategy last year – a safe and easy way to get people on their bikes.
And why wouldn’t they – this stunning route intersects the rich Buckinghamshire countryside and lands at the historical Waddesdon Manor.
The Greenway trail was completed with the help of volunteers who helped to build two bridges, fill and lay 3,000 sandbags for 25 culvert headwalls, and install benches.
Mark Shaw, County Council Deputy Leader and Transport Cabinet Member said:
“The new Greenway trail is a great opportunity to get out of your car and use the train, your bike – and your legs – to enjoy some beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside on the way to Waddesdon Manor. Now this really does promote sustainable travel!”
Project designer John Grimshaw CBE, of Greenways and Cycle Routes, said:
“We’re immensely proud to be involved in designing this trail. It has all the potential to be a high-quality trailblazer for rural routes between villages and local rail stations.”
Phillip Darnton OBE, chair of the Cycle Rail Working Group, said:
“The Waddesdon Greenway marks the first phase of our ‘Stations to Communities Links’ programme, an exciting new initiative to encourage everyone, whether cyclist or walker, to discover and enjoy their local community. This first Greenway is a brilliant start!”
Local County Councillor and Deputy Transport Cabinet Member Paul Irwin, said:
“This is a milestone occasion! It’s an easy cycle ride and a lovely walk, and visitors from London will love it. So will residents from Berryfields and Waddesdon village.”