Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Take The Rideway Next To The Guideway

Riders and walkers can now enjoy the full length of the 16 mile maintenance track that runs along the Cambridgeshire Busway after the last sections of black top were laid.

Work to lift the maintenance track by as much as four feet to minimise the chance of flooding has been completed.

This is the last of the major defects left by the Busway contractor to be corrected. While doing this work the Council has taken the opportunity, with the assistance of grant from cycling charity Sustrans, to add a black top surface.

Already there are thousands of trips a day on the maintenance track, which is also a bridleway, while the busway continues to be a success since it opened in August.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Ian Bates, Cabinet Member for Community Infrastructure, said: "This is a superhighway for cyclists, horse riders and walkers that stretches from St Ives to Cambridge. We have been very pleased with the amount of people using it for work and leisure and hope more people will be encouraged to try it out now the new smoother surface has been laid along its whole length."

Nigel Brigham, Regional Director of Sustrans, said that he was "delighted to see the completion of the final section of path, which enables National Cycle Network Route 51 to be diverted on to the route from Milton Road, Cambridge to St Ives, providing a really excellent choice for local and long distance journeys on foot, bike or horse-back."