Date: 11 Apr 2006 11:26
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister announced today that it will provide £8.17 million to improve track and signalling enabling Chiltern Railways to build a new parkway station north of Aylesbury providing a direct rail link with London Marylebone. The railway station will provide a key transport link for existing and new residents as the town doubles in size over the next few years. Laing Rail, the owners of Chiltern Railways, will contribute £2.8 million and Buckinghamshire County Council a further £1 million.
Cath Proctor, Managing Director of Chiltern Railways, said: “We are very pleased that the government has accepted that a new parkway station is a vital element to meet the needs of existing and future residents. We are wholly committed to this project which will ensure a sustainable transport connection from north Aylesbury.”
The new station, known as Aylesbury Vale Parkway, will be built 3 miles north west of Aylesbury town station, adjacent to the A41 and the major development at Berryfields. The existing track, currently only used by freight trains, will be upgraded and new signalling equipment will be installed. Chiltern Railways’ passenger trains will provide a direct service between Aylesbury Vale Parkway, Aylesbury and other stations including Amersham, Rickmansworth, Harrow and London Marylebone.
Parking for up to 400 cars will be provided as part of a combined rail / bus based park and ride facility linking Berryfields to the town centre via the A41 public transport corridor. Detailed design work will get underway immediately with work on site expected to start in early 2007. The station is planned to open in 2010.
Valerie Letheren, Buckinghamshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Transportation said, "I am delighted that we have been granted this funding which will provide an important link into Aylesbury and through to London. Securing the funding for this Parkway Station is another sign that the government recognises the need to provide infrastructure to support the growth and so we look forward to working with them to secure further much needed funding for Aylesbury Vale."
Cath Proctor continued: “This innovative project has only been possible through a successful partnership between ourselves, Buckinghamshire County Council and Aylesbury Vale District Council. By working together we have proved that the scheme is viable and we will now be able to deliver real benefits for the local community and new residents.”
Notes to Editors
1. The land for the interchange (1.7 hectares) will be ceded to the County Council by the Berryfields developers under a section 106 agreement.
2. The work at Aylesbury Vale Parkway is part of a wider transport funding application for the area.
3. The Milton Keynes and South Midlands Sub Regional Strategy identifies Aylesbury as a growth town and sets out 15,000 dwellings to be provided by 2021, with a further 8,500 dwellings between 2021 and 2031.
4. All Chiltern Railways' trains are either new or refurbished. As part of a £17.1 million pound programme existing carriages have been refurbished with new seats, CCTV, passenger information screens and air cooling systems. All cabs have also been refurbished. Outside, all carriages now have the distinctive Chiltern Railways' livery.
5. Chiltern Railways is owned by M40 Trains. All shares in M40 Trains are owned by Laing Investments Ltd through Laing Rail Ltd.