Walking and cycling minister Jesse Norman welcomes new cycleway between Aylesbury Station and Waddesdon Manor

Walking and cycling minister Jesse Norman has welcomed a new cycleway between Aylesbury Station and the National Trust’s Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire.

Funded by the Department of Transport, the new traffic-free route was created by a £1 million investment.

The Greenway Trail will allow cyclists and walkers to travel across the countryside in a safe and vehicle-free environment.

Cycling and walking minister Jesse Norman said: “This kind of initiative is exactly why we launched our £1.2 billion cycling and walking investment strategy last year - a safe and easy way to get people on their bikes.

“And why wouldn’t they - this stunning route intersects the rich Buckinghamshire countryside and lands at the historical Waddesdon Manor.”

The investment given to Buckinghamshire County Council was provided through the department’s ‘Cycling and walking investment strategy’.

It will add to the hundreds of miles of cycle paths across England already paid for through the strategy, which outlines the Government’s ambition to make cycling and walking a natural choice for shorter journeys, or as part of longer journeys, by 2040.

This project is the first one of its kind run by the cycle-rail working group as part of station ‘community links pilot project’.

The last cycling statistics from the national travel survey show that number of cycling trips is currently 17 per person, per year.

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