HS2 Chilterns AONB Additional Projects Fund
The Secretary of State has made £3m available to support work to identify local environmental integration and enhancement measures as Additional Projects within 3km either side of the HS2 route as it passes through the AONB.
The Review Group Panel will be reviewing the projects and deciding on the allocation of funding on a periodic basis. Owing to the proximity of some of the projects to the HS2 construction zone, some will not be started until the train line is almost complete.
Current approved projects
Ridgeway Riding Route
The Ridgeway National Trail have ambitions to adapt seven sections of the existing rights of way network, to provide links with sections of the Ridgeway National Trail already open to horse and bike riders. These sections are spaced between North Stoke (near Wallingford) and the Ashridge Estate (near Dunstable).
The first phase was launched in Dec 2019 with HS2 AP funding for a route between Pulpit Hill (near Princes Risborough) and Chivery (near Wendover). The Ridgeway National Trail team are working with landowners, the funding is enabling signage, surface improvements, cycle stands, hitching posts and benches.
Wendover Canal Towpath Upgrade
The Wendover Arm Trust have gained support from almost 30 different national and local groups to upgrade the badly deteriorated towpath within the parishes of Wendover and Halton. In places the towpath has either halved in width, or floods, or is virtually impassable for a family with a pushchair. It has undoubtedly become dangerous.
The towpath serves Wendover residents and is in close proximity to schools, care homes and residential areas. The upgrade will provide access for walkers, runners, cyclists and those with reduced mobility and will form an important part of the ambitious Grand Union Canal Triangle between Aylesbury, Wendover and Tring – 22km of towpath linked by 6km of right of way through Weston Turville.
Peter Elwin (the Wendover Canal Trust’s Partnership Director) confirmed that contractors, Kier, were due to start the upgrade on 12 June. Peter confirmed that due to recalculated cost savings on the initial 1,650m to Perch Bridge, CRT / Kier now estimate that the funding available can now almost reach all the way to the centre of Halton. As a result of these cost savings and the flat, wide and high nature of most of the remaining towpath stretch between Perch Bridge and the centre of Halton, it is estimated that only a further £50K is now needed to complete this distance.Latest project update
The Misbourne Greenway
The Misbourne Greenway is a proposed walking, wheeling and cycling route along the Misbourne valley between Uxbridge and Wendover. When complete, it will form part of Buckinghamshire Council’s vision of a Buckinghamshire Greenway covering the length of the county.
AP funding will allow completion of the final 1km with all the works constructed in one continuous phase from February 2023.
Work on the Greenway commenced in early April by 31 May the following had been completed:
- Stone foundation for path laid along whole 1km length
- Tarmac surfacing partially laid – in progress now
- Works for link to Firecrest pub in progress
Works to follow in June and July:
- Construction of ramps at either end
- Installation of fencing and gates.
Notifying the Chilterns AONB Review Group of project ideas
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