Platinum Way improvements

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We are upgrading the existing Emerald Way Gemstone cycle route which links Haydon Hill to Aylesbury Town Centre (via Fairford Leys).

To tie in with and commemorate the upcoming Queen’s Platinum Jubilee the cycleway will be rebranded the Platinum Way.

The proposed scheme provides an upgraded route along Rabans Lane, through Fairford Leys and into the Town Centre, more in keeping with Aylesbury Garden Town aspirations.

View an overview of the proposed route [JPG | 1.03MB]

The aim of the project is to:

  • increase walking and cycling on the Emerald Way, between Waddesdon and Aylesbury (connecting with Berryfields and Aylesbury Vale Parkway Railway Station)
  • improve public health, reduce congestion, and provide air quality benefits associated with modal shift towards active travel.

The proposed route passes through Somerville Park, providing a more attractive traffic-free option to Fowler Road. In some areas, works such as dropped kerbs may be required as well as improved and additional crossings. The routing will include quieter roads and the planting of additional trees and shrubs to create a welcoming and greener route. There will be some footway widening and improved wayfinding signage as well as additional lining.


We have been awarded £1.4 million from of the Department for Transport’s Active Travel Fund towards the Emerald Way upgrades.

Project progress

Phase 1 of the main works were completed on 29 May 2022 and it opened on 30 May 2022 to coincide with the Queen's Jubilee celebrations.

View photos and videos from the opening on our Twitter page.

Leader decision on Phase 1; Emerald Way improvement scheme [PDF, 370 KB]
Consultation response [PDF, 140 KB]

Consultation response

The Emerald Way route forms part of the wider ‘Buckinghamshire Greenway’ walking and cycling route from Brackley to the Colne Valley.

This improvement project aims to increase walking and cycling between Waddesdon and Aylesbury contributing towards improved public health, reductions in traffic congestion, and providing air quality benefits associated with modal shift towards active travel.

We consulted on the project proposals from 16 February to 9 March 2022.

You said

We received 17 responses to the consultation.

  • 76.47% of respondents supported or strongly supported the Emerald Way Improvements scheme proposals.
  • 5.88% neither supported nor opposed the proposals.
  • 17.64% opposed or strongly opposed the proposals.

The responses to the consultation are available in Emerald Way Appendix C: Consultation report [PDF, 120 KB]

We did

The project team has responded to questions and comments received during the consultation: