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Creating a safe, sustainable, and attractive traffic-free path for pedestrians and cyclists.
Waddesdon is a village six miles to the West of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire and conveniently located to Aylesbury Parkway Station off the busy A41. The village is also home to the beautiful Waddesdon Manor, a National Trust property which attracts over 400,000 visitors a year. Despite the railway station being a stone’s throw to the National Trust Property, most visitors opted to travel by car, mainly because the busy A41 presented a barrier to those wishing to cycle or walk to the station.
Greenways and Cycleroutes Limited, is a charitable community benefit society who aim to create better walking and cycling routes for the community. The charity’s ambitions for The Waddesdon Greenway was to create a safe, sustainable, and attractive traffic-free path for pedestrians and cyclists well away from the main road (A41).
To make cycling and walking a more attractive choice for people, Greenways and Cycleroutes Limited knew they had to design and plan a sustainable and safer access route and proposed constructing a new 4km path along an old Roman road. Volunteers helped to build bridges, fill and lay sandbags, build benches and plant hedgerows and trees. Initially, it was not intended to light the path, but part of the project required a small amount of lighting to highlight unexpected bends in the track and define gates and bollards. Due to the path being in open countryside, the charity didn’t want any lights to encroach on the local environment, which provided a dark landscape for biodiversity. Greenways and Cycleroutes Limited made the decision that given the position of the site, low lighting levels was needed and sought to find a lighting supplier that had an environmentally friendly light.
Lakeside Group were approached by the Greenways and Cycleroutes Limited to provide a sustainable lighting solution that required little maintenance and with the help of volunteers, they installed 162 solar ground lights (solareye®80). In addition to the standard solar lights, the Bat Hat, a conservation-friendly solar stud which maintains the same profile as the solareye®80 but reduces upward light spillage by over 95 per cent, was sited through conservation areas of the site. The red flashing lights were used to highlight gates and bollards.
The general public has welcomed the non-offensive, eco-friendly lighting system. Designed in the UK, solareye®80 provides a way-finding glow, which is not only pleasing to the eye but also gives a sense of safety and security. solareye®80 is constructed from industrial grade polycarbonate and has been compression tested to 55 tonnes, certifying the ground light with an impact rating of IK10 and ensuring maximum protection against physical damage. To date, Lakeside has seven years UK real-time solareye®80 operational performance experience and both the LED signal and battery performance have lived up to expectations.
“We chose Lakeside Group because we needed a specialist supplier who was supportive of our work, their commitment and enthusiasm shone through the project. The solar lights have become a noteworthy element of the overall route, and if we had more funds, we would have installed solar lights across a longer length of the path, perhaps the whole 4kms.”
– John Grimshaw CBE & Project Engineer
John Grimshaw said there had been numerous other benefits of the solar ground lights, including:
• At the same time, solareye®80 provides suitable lighting for pedestrians and cyclists at night.
• They provide a low-level lighting solution that limits the effect of light pollution on the open countryside.
• An economical, low maintenance lighting option that is neat and effective.