• Welcome to Transport for Buckinghamshire

  • Major transport review to start across the County Every penny the County Council spends on transporting people to work, school and to other key services and amenities in Buckinghamshire and beyond is going under the microscope.

    Council bosses currently invest £24m providing and supporting a range of transport services. These include home to school transport, services for adult social care, concessionary fares and non-commercial bus services that often run in the evenings, weekends or in rural areas.

    Whilst significant savings have been made in recent years, further savings of £2.3m need to be found to meet the Council's agreed budget strategy going forward.

    Cabinet Member for Transportation, Mark Shaw said the all-encompassing review will look at both external services and the way in which services are managed and provided internally by the council.

    "We will be looking at everything we do in this area, how we do it, how much it costs and whether we can do it differently.

    "Unfortunately a do-nothing approach is not an option. What we have to do is deliver more efficient transport arrangements, that best meets the needs of communities whilst doing it for less cost.

    "We don't know all the answers, so it's vital we work with communities so they can tell us what's needed locally and how we can design new approaches together. We are therefore planning to work through our local area forums to launch four suggested pilot areas - Buckingham, Waddesdon and Chesham and their surrounding rural areas and High Wycombe - so we can look in detail at what goes on locally and hopefully find solutions that can also be applied across the county."

    The Council has also just launched its budget consultation which asks local residents, communities and businesses where they think the Council should best direct its limited resources. The survey is online at www.buckscc.gov.uk/budget until the closing date of Thursday, December 17.
  • On-demand bus route is just the ticket for residents near the Northants/Bucks border Councillors from neighbouring Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire got a taste of cross-border buses on demand on Wednesday November 18. They took a trip on the new County-Connect service between Towcester and Stowe.
    County-Connect is an on-demand rural transport service, which goes wherever residents want within a designated area.

    Area 4 - connecting eight villages north of Buckingham and six in south Northamptonshire with Towcester and Brackley - is jointly funded by Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire County Council and operated by Kier. The service features:
    • No fixed timetable: passengers book in advance and can travel whenever they want between 7am and 7pm on weekdays and 8am and 6pm on Saturdays.
    • Great value: fares are based on traditional bus routes and Concessionary Bus Passes are valid.
    • Brand new: high-specification vehicles, with full seat belts and tie-down tracking for wheelchair users, provide the service
    Councillors Michael Clarke and Ian McCord, from Northamptonshire , joined Buckinghamshire County Council Transport Cabinet Member Mark Shaw, his deputy, Paul Irwin, and local Members Robin Stuchbury and Warren Whyte to try the new community service.

    Mark Shaw said: 'This is an excellent solution to provide accessibility to rural areas with limited or no traditional bus routes. Having travelled on one of the buses I can certainly recommend it to those living in the villages served.'

    Michael Clarke, Portfolio Holder for Transport, Environment and Infrastructure at Northamptonshire County Council said: ‘We are delighted to continue the cross border arrangements with Buckinghamshire, under the new 'Heart of England' Alliance, this means we can provide even better bus services and and great connection for users. Working together with partners with the same ambition means that we can explore how we can develop a more efficient and accessible service. It is fantastic to be able to work collaboratively to provide the County Connect service that goes where and when users need it within the designated areas’.
    To register and book a journey call 0345 456 4474 (local call rate) or visit www.county-connect.co.uk
    County Connect, Area 4 serves:
    • Biddlesden, Lillingstone Lovell, Lillingstone Dayrell, Westbury, Shalstone, Dadford, Turweston and Stowe in Buckinghamshire.
    • Brackley, Towcester, Radstone, Evenley, Helmdon, Syresham, Whittlebury and Silverstone in Northamptonshire
  • New lane markings for roundabout Alterations to lane markings at a Buckingham roundabout will start w/b November 23.

    The work will be undertaken by the developers of the Lace Hill estate in response to an independent road safety audit and concerns raised by residents.

    The alterations to the lane markings will create a dedicated left hand lane and two circulatory lanes at each entrance to the roundabout.

    Buckinghamshire County Council has been reviewing the proposed revisions with the developers to ensure safety concerns could be satisfied without reducing the capacity and operation of the roundabout.

    Mark Shaw, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: 'As the highways authority we had to be assured that the proposed revisions would aid safety at this junction. I'm satisfied the revised lane markings will make the road safer and easier for motorists to use.'

    Although the roundabout is due to be resurfaced, the revised lane markings will be installed as soon as possible to satisfy local concern. Re-surfacing by the developers is scheduled to be done during the winter, subject to weather, along with the outstanding remedial works.

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