Thursday, 7 March 2013

New Dual Use Cycle Path On Landbeach Road

Landbeach Road and A10 (courtesy OpenStreetMap)

Preliminary work starts this week to construct a new £240,000 dual use path for cyclists and pedestrians between the villages of Milton and Landbeach.

The new two metre wide path will help people get to the Cambridge Research Park on the A10 in one direction. While in the other direction it will helps journeys for commuters to the Science Park area whilst providing a link to the wider cycle network.

Initial works will consist of cutting back shrubs and trees in preparation for the start of construction work on 2 April. Construction will then start with the path between Landbeach and Milton Cemetery, set back a metre from the road, and then continue with the section between Milton Cemetery and Milton village.

The scheme will also include improvements to the junction with the A10 for pedestrians and cyclists who wish to cross, such as narrowing the A10 to slow traffic and creating a staggered informal crossing point.

The project is financed from developer funding, the EU Bike Friendly Cities and the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF).

Local County Councillor Michael Williamson, said: "This scheme will bring great benefits to the area and really open up cycling as an option to the residents of Landbeach. A safer crossing on the A10 is also essential to access the shops and facilities of Milton and Cambridge."

County Councillor Ian Bates, Cabinet Member for Growth and Planning, said: "We hope that the Milton to Landbeach dual use path will encourage more residents to walk or cycle to and from work rather than taking the car. Congestion on the A10 is a problem for the area and so providing safe off-road cycle paths is a way to encourage more commuters to walk or cycle."

The LSTF funding is being used for a programme of measures to help get Cambridgeshire to work, increasing access to jobs and helping to boost the local economy."

The works are expected to begin on 2 April 2013 and should be complete within 10 weeks.. Efforts will be made to minimise disruption to the public during this time.