Construction starts on new Haydon Hill cycleway in Aylesbury

Work to build the enew 650m Haydon Hill cycleway, connecting Roman Park Community Centre at Berryfields with Gogh Road, starts today.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 12:05 pm
Updated Monday, 19th April 2021, 12:08 pm
The Haydon Hill cycleway scheme

The new cycleway, which includes three bridges, will form an extension to the much-used Waddesdon Greenway.

When built, it will complete a cycle and pedestrian friendly route all the way from Waddesdon Manor to Aylesbury town centre, via Aylesbury Vale Parkway railway station and Haydon Hill.

The scheme was granted planning permission in July 2020 and early vegetation clearance works were carried out last October.

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Part of the new route before last October's vegetation clearance works

With the construction phase now started, Buckinghamshire Council expects the new extension to be completed in the summer.

Buckinghamshire Council's Corporate Director for Planning, Growth and Sustainability, Ian Thompson said it was great news that construction has started. "The new Haydon Hill section will make cycling much easier and walking will be more pleasant too," said Ian.

"In the light of greater demand for greener and healthier ways to get around, this scheme really hits the spot. It will be great that walkers and cyclists will soon be able to get from Waddesdon village all the way through to Aylesbury town centre safely and in much more pleasant surroundings."

Ian added: This will be a fantastic new asset for both our residents and visitors to use and it will build on the huge success of the Waddesdon Greenway since it opened in 2018."

Over recent months the Council's project team has continued to work closely with Greenways and Cycleroutes Limited (the team that supported delivery of the Waddesdon Greenway) on the design and build of the three bridges required on the route through CTS Bridges Limited. The main construction of the cycleway will be completed by Greenford Limited.

The scheme is funded by a £400,000 grant from the Department for Transport through the sustainable travel charity, Sustrans.