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  • Family days out are a summer bus ride away Hop on a bus with the family, have a great day out, and be one less car on the roads.

    Ruth Vigor-Hedderly, County Council Cabinet Member for Transport, is encouraging families to 'get out there' during the school holidays and explore Buckinghamshire's beautiful countryside and town attractions by bus.

    It's all part of Ruth's team's continuing campaign to promote greener travel and reduce congestion on the roads. Many bus operators offer good value group or family day tickets, and during the school holiday several attractions will be offering discounts to bus passengers producing a valid ticket when they visit or book.

    Ruth said: 'We've lots of routes in Buckinghamshire and many of them serve great places to visit: like Burnham Beeches, Hughenden Manor, Waddesdon Manor, not to mention walks in the Chilterns. The bus is a wonderful way to explore the county.'

    Attractions offering summer holiday discounts to bus passengers from July 23 to September 3 include:
    Swan Pool, Buckingham: Fitness membership sign up, with no contract or joining fee.
    Aqua Vale, Aylesbury: Free upgrade from a small to a large slush iced drink in the cafe. Fitness membership sign up, with no contract or joining fee.
    Aylesbury Waterside Theatre: £5 off tickets for What the Ladybird Heard.
    Hughenden Manor: £1 off entry fee.
    Roald Dahl Children's Gallery, Aylesbury: 2 for 1 on entry, one free child with every full paying adult.
    Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Great Missenden: 2 for 1 on entry.

    For full offer details and inspiration about summer visits by bus please see the 'Great days out by bus' page www.buckscc.gov.uk/travelinfo
    which contains information about bus routes. Or visit www.travelinesoutheast.org.uk to plan a journey.

    Buckinghamshire County Council continues to work in partnership with bus companies to help increase passenger numbers, promoting a greener form of travel and reducing congestion.
  • 'Give us your feedback' call on new parking guidance New guidance has been drawn up for developers on how much parking space new factories, offices and housing estates should have.
    And today (Monday July 14), Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet agreed to carry out a wide consultation on the proposals, which cover cars, bikes, motorcycles and blue badge holders. Cabinet Members will review the proposals again in the light of consultation feedback.
    Buckinghamshire currently doesn't have county-wide parking standards, and relies on those developed by the four districts. These vary and were written under old, more restrictive national planning policies, and in some cases led to insufficient provision of parking space.
    The new 2012 National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) gives councils more flexibility in developing parking standards. County Council officers have been working closely with district councils to make sure the new guidance:
    • Accounts for variations across the county between urban and rural communities,
    • Is realistic about demands for parking and ensures the right number of parking spaces are provided,
    • Recognises that every development is unique and 'one size doesn't fit all',
    • Encourages 'sustainable' travel by including provision for bikes and motorcycles.
    Ruth Vigor-Hedderly, Cabinet Member for Transport, said in the past decade or so the way people travel had changed, car ownership in Buckinghamshire had risen by 7% between 2001 and 2011.
    'We need to reflect what's happening in the real world,' said Ruth. 'There are now more than 300,000 private cars and vans in the county and we've the highest percentage of three-plus car households in the South-East. We need to help our residents and visitors to park well.'
    Ruth said the new standards would help councils to make better decisions about parking provision: a valuable contribution to help Buckinghamshire's economy to continue to grow, while keeping the county special.
    She invited people to take part in the consultation to gather views from residents, community groups, parishes, businesses, blue badge users and those with an interest in cycling and motorcycling. The consultation will run through the late summer and into the autumn.
    https://democracy.buckscc.gov.uk/documents/s50399/Parking%20guidance%20final.pdf
  • Work to start on Beaconsfield's new cycle network Work on Beaconsfield new town's new cycle network is due to start on Monday July 14. It will take around six weeks.

    Part-funded by the Government, the scheme involves new cycle lanes, signs, traffic calming, raised pedestrian crossings, and a mini roundabout.

    The improvements come as a result of work Buckinghamshire County Council has done with the Beaconsfield Cycle Paths Action Group, and with Sustrans - the sustainable transport charity - and Chiltern Railways, to improve cycling links around the town. For these improvements, the county council has secured around £500,000 in funding.

    As part of the scheme, in April local county councillor Adrian Busby unveiled new under-cover cycle parking at Beaconsfield railway station, doubling the number of spaces to 180.

    The forthcoming improvements - around Station Road, Grove Road,
    Burkes Road, Maxwell Road and Ellwood Road - aim to make it easier to cycle to the station, control traffic speed, and make the new town safer for walkers, cyclists and motorists.

    Ruth Vigor-Hedderly, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: 'With all the recent work we have been involved in, such as increasing parking provision for cyclists at railway stations, it's great that we're now able to help improve safety for cyclists on the road in Beaconsfield. This type of scheme has seen success in other parts of Buckinghamshire and I hope Beaconsfield sees similar results.'

    The improvements in detail:
    • Most of the work will take place in Station Road, including a new mini roundabout at the Grove Road junction.
    • Traffic calming will be installed in Burkes Road, Maxwell Road and Ellwood Road.
    • The path over the railway line between Maxwell Road and Caledon Road/One Tree Lane (apart from the footbridge) will widened to create a shared pedestrian and cycle route.
    More about the scheme can be found on this page.

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