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  • Forum responds to school road safety plea Traffic calming has just been installed on the approach road to Waddesdon's two schools, thanks to a £12,750 grant from Buckinghamshire County Council's Local Area Forum (LAF).

    Parents concerned about safety in School Lane and Baker Street leading to Waddesdon CE Secondary and the village primary schools at the start and end of the day, had petitioned the Waddesdon LAF.

    In response LAF members commissioned two speed reduction humps, lower kerbs and special paving at the road crossing point, fencing to guide people away from unsafe crossing points, warning signs and road markings.

    County Councillor Paul Irwin, LAF Chairman, said: 'This is the only route to both schools and our priority was to find a safe way forward as quickly as possible. The result is a great example of a Local Area Forum getting people to work together successfully to find a solution to a community problem.'
  • Cabinet supports county-wide public transport review A call for a county-wide review of public transport received unanimous support from Buckinghamshire County Council's Cabinet yesterday (Monday, November 10).

    It follows an in-depth study during the past six months by the County Council's all-party Environment, Transport and Localities Select Committee.

    Select Committee Chairman Warren Whyte, presenting the findings of the study, said it was a deep dive look at County Council support for public transport in the light of current financial pressures. Recommendations aimed to help the council's future vision and policy-making to support public transport more effectively and efficiently.

    The Select Committee had recommended that a fresh joined-up, long-term strategic vision for public transport over the next 20 years would better serve residents' needs, rather than following the current practice of basing support on demand for existing services in isolation.

    And the committee said there was a strong case for developing county council leadership in driving better community transport schemes - and more of them - to increase local on-demand services in areas commercial operators are unable to serve.

    The Cabinet accepted the principle of leading a total transport approach, and Transport Cabinet Member Ruth Vigor-Hedderly said consultations were taking place to include a specialist team with a lead officer to cover public, community, home-school and social care transport in the council's new Transport, Economy and Environment business unit from April 2015.

    Ms Vigor-Hedderly confirmed the Select Committee's recommendations would be included in the development of the next Local Transport Plan through 2015 and within the Business Unit Plans.

    'This is about finding new ways forward to provide transport for rural communities, our vulnerable and older residents, and our children and young people, that more closely matches their needs,' she said.

    Welcoming the Cabinet decision, Warren Whyte said: "I'm pleased that Cabinet has accepted the report in full. We just can't keep on salami-slicing budgets, and the work we have done paves the way for a proper strategic shift, which will allow a better, more efficient way of supporting public transport for everyone in Buckinghamshire."
  • Ribbon cutting inaugurates Beaconsfield's cycle network Braving a light drizzle, around a dozen cyclists set off from Beaconsfield Town Hall for an inaugural ride around the town's new cycle network on Saturday morning (November 8).

    With them was Buckinghamshire County Council Leader Martin Tett, who had deftly snipped a celebratory ribbon to mark the opening of the new network.

    The improvements are a result of work the County Council has done with Beaconsfield Cycle Paths Action Group, Sustrans, and Chiltern Railways, to improve cycling links around the town. The county council secured around £500,000 in funding for the scheme.

    Martin Tett said: 'This is a good example of great partnership working and we hope it will be well used by commuters and local cyclists getting around town. I wish we had more money to develop cycle schemes like this.'

    The new cycle lanes, signs, traffic calming, raised pedestrian crossings, and a mini roundabout make it easier for commuters to cycle to the station and safer for local walkers, cyclists and motorists.

    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. Usage is rising and is currently around 90 a day.

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