Multi-million bid to improve transport in Aylesbury

OVER £10 million will be spent on improving transport in and around Aylesbury if a bid for government funding is successful.

The South East England Regional Transport Board (RTB) is bidding for 124 million transport cash to deliver 15 key projects to support new housing in the region's growth areas.

The South East is bidding for more than 60 per cent of Government's 200 million Community Infrastructure Fund for 2008-2011, reflecting the fact that the region has been earmarked for four Growth Areas.

For Aylesbury, 2.95 million would fund improved facilities for buses, cyclists and pedestrians, a park and ride and new traffic signals on Aston Clinton road.

4.58 million would enhance Bicester Road with facilities including a bus priority lane and improved roundabouts at Jackson Road, Broadfields and Griffin Lane.

4.18 million will be spent on a traffic managment and control system for Aylesbury.

Elsewhere Aylesbury would benefit from 0.96 million earmarked for an express bus route between Oxford and the town.

"Our infrastructure is under great pressure and this cash injection could reduce congestion and improve public transport. As we will be delivering much of the country's growth we need investment to match it," said RTB Chairman Cllr Nick Skellett.

He added: "This is a 'quality of life' bid with local authorities promoting projects that will support growth and make it easier for people to use a bus or train instead of a car, which is a priority for the region and Government."

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