Ambitious plan for a north-south bus route

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An ambitious vision for a major new north-south bus route is on the table.

Buckingham town councillor Jon Harvey outlined proposals for the route at a recent meeting of the Aylesbury Vale Transport Users Group (AVTUG) in Buckingham.

The idea is for a regular express coach service running all the way from High Wycombe to Northampton, including Buckingham.

Called the X444, the service would take in the new coach hub next to the M40 in High Wycombe, the planned new Winslow train station and the new Silverstone University Technical College.

The project has been initiated by the Aylesbury Vale Association of Local Councils (AVALC) and has the support of Buckingham Town Council. But it still needs the support of district and county councils, as well as educational institutions and business development bodies along the route and coach companies.

The group is now looking for funding of £20,000 to £25,000 to enable a business case to be produced, in order to get councils and other potential partners on board.

Mr Harvey said the new Winslow station which is set to open under East West Rail by 2019, will create a demand for commuter routes to and from the station.

He said existing public transport routes tend to go from east to west, such as the existing X5 route which runs from Oxford to Cambridge and the planned East West Rail line which will eventually connect Oxford to Bedford.

> A new night-time 88 bus route between Buckingham and Milton Keynes has recently been introduced by Transport for Bucks (TfB)on Friday and Saturday nights.

It offers two buses from Buckingham to Milton Keynes at 7.35pm and 9.20pm, and two buses from Milton Keynes to Buckingham at 8.20pm and 11.45pm.