(THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 7) AROUND 300 residents of Fairford Leys were treated to sizzling sausages and bountiful burgers at a free lunchtime barbecue in Hampden Square on Sunday.

The barbecue was held to celebrate the continuing success of the Silver Rider bus service, as well as to highlight changes in the timetable designed to give better connections with trains. Silver Rider is a high quality shuttle service linking Fairford Leys to the railway station and Aylesbury town centre and is now carrying over 3000 passengers per week.

To cope with the rising demand from residents for the comfortable and efficient trip into town, two new vehicles will shortly be put on the route. As Donna, a Fairford Leys resident, says – "the Silver Rider service is fantastic and a real addition and benefit to Fairford Leys" – the two new 29-seater buses will continue to provide that 'fantastic' service whilst giving the extra capacity needed, but without any loss of the quality that residents like Donna have come to know and love. The new vehicles will also be easy to access and allow buggies and wheelchairs to be pushed straight on board, making commuting or shopping a breeze, without the hassle or expense of parking.

Valerie Letheren, the County Council Cabinet Member for Transportation attended the barbecue and commented "it's good to be able to be out in the sunshine celebrating the success of Silver Rider with local residents. Everyone I've spoken to today has had such good things to say about it, and we look forward to further developments in the town bus network for the benefit of residents elsewhere in Aylesbury."