Buckinghamshire Council has confirmed today that it will be ending the ‘quietway’ trial between Chalfont St Peter and Gerrards Cross, after many residents objected the scheme.
Local people were left disappointed following the closure of Lower Road in Chalfont St Peter as part of the government’s national effort to make travel safer during the pandemic.
Villagers feared not many people would make use of the cycling path and money should have been spent elsewhere.
Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Transport, Nick Naylor said the decision made was democracy in action.
He mentioned: “The success of these active travel schemes depends on the benefits they bring to local communities. If they don’t work, they will be removed – it’s as simple as that.
“In this case, local people have spoken, and we have listened and acted.
“By trialling the scheme over three months and seeing how the temporary measures worked did give local people the chance to see how things worked in real life. It clearly wasn’t for them, so we’re ending the trial early.
“We do remain committed to working with local communities to develop and install measures which support walking and cycling for local trips in line with our climate change, air quality and public health policies.”
The scheme, the first to be trialled in Buckinghamshire, had been in place since early August.
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