Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Cycleway Improvements On Major Transport Corridor

A10 cycleway improvement work

Work is about to start on an improved cycleway alongside the A10 between Shepreth and Foxton which forms part of a major transport corridor into Cambridge.

A dedicated off-road cycle way will be widened and resurfaced on a 1.2 km stretch between Frog End, Shepreth and Foxton Bottom at a cost of £300,000.

The work is the first project to be constructed using money from the Government’s Cycle City Ambition Fund. The County Council successfully won £4.1 million from the DFT scheme to improve cycling facilities in Cambridgeshire.

The existing path will be rebuilt and extended to 2.5 metres wide, enabling two-way cycling and walking as well as travel by mobility scooter. This stretch of the path helps to link several villages, schools and employment locations.

Melbourn County Councillor Susan van de Ven and the A10 Corridor Cycling Campaign supported the path upgrade and worked closely with County Council officers on details of the improvement.

Cllr van de Ven said: The 2011 census has revealed a higher than expected demand for cycling to work along this corridor.  About 120 people took part in the A10 Corridor Cycling Campaign’s Awareness Ride back in May which underscored the strength of feeling locally about the need for safe cycle links between Royston and Cambridge.  We’re extremely pleased to have got a slice of this government grant and are spurred on to keep campaigning for more improvements to this corridor.

Work will start in early November and is expected to take around eight weeks to complete. Working hours will be restricted to 9.30 am-3.30 pm to minimise traffic disruption, particularly during the peak rush-hour periods.

County Council Cabinet Member for Growth and Planning, Councillor Ian Bates, said: “I am delighted that the County Council has been able to successfully get millions of pounds from the DFT Cycle City Ambition Fund to improve facilities in Cambridgeshire. This stretch of the A10 cyclepath forms an important link in the transport corridor into Cambridge and connects a number of local communities. It is an ideal candidate to be the first project funded by this scheme.”

The focus of the Cycle City Ambition Fund is to create good quality cycle links to employment areas in South Cambridgeshire and provide segregated lanes on the main roads into Cambridge. Cambridge is already the cycling capital of the UK and the County Council recognises that among its many benefits, cycling is vital in reducing congestion, boosting the local economy and improving health.

County Council Cycling Champion, Councillor Noel Kavanagh, said: “This valuable addition to the network of safe cycleways being created by the County Council will make the A10 safer for cyclists and will encourage more people in the communities along the route to cycle. And, looking to the future it will be great if the A10 between Cambridge and Ely eventually has a segregated cycleway as well!"