AYLESBURY's new railway station, Aylesbury Vale Parkway, will open on 14 December 2008 - four years ahead of timetable.
This exciting news was confirmed recently as a result of an agreement between the Department for Transport (DfT) and Chiltern Railways to start passenger train services several years earlier than previously planned.
With both train and bus services set to be running in December, Aylesbury Vale Parkway will provide much greater travel choice for existing residents and will be well established as people start to move into homes on the new Berryfields housing development.
Valerie Letheren, Cabinet Member for Transportation said: 'This is fantastic news for the people of Aylesbury Vale. To have a fully operational public transport interchange by the end of the year is a great result for all concerned. Existing residents of villages to the North West of Aylesbury will benefit from this facility in December and having this station in place prior to any residents moving into Berryfields will provide travel choice to all of the new residents from day one. This is a great example of the public and private sector working in close partnership to deliver required infrastructure. I look forward greatly to December when we will see this project come to fruition.'
The project team has been working flat out during the last year to bring forward the opening of Aylesbury Vale Parkway. Adrian Shooter, Chiltern Railways said 'We are delighted to see that Aylesbury Vale Parkway will come on stream as soon as December 2008. Chiltern Railways are wholly committed to this project and have invested significant time and effort, as has our delivery partner John Laing plc, in achieving the earliest possible opening date. We look forward to welcoming our first passengers on board our services on 14 December 2008.'
Work on the new Berryfields development adjacent to the A41 will also commence this summer. Significant highways improvements will be made to the A41 before any of the new homes on the development are constructed. Around 10M worth of works will be undertaken over the next 12 months and include a new roundabout on the A41 near the Fleet Marston railway bridge, an access road to the station, a traffic-signal controlled junction at the existing A41/Berryfields Lane junction and the widening of the A41 towards Jackson Road as well as a new footbridge over the River Thame. The works on the A41 will be predominantly confined to off-peak hours but are expected to cause delays to motorists.