Thursday, 28 November 2013

Improvements For Cyclists In South Cambridgeshire

Residents and commuters in South Cambridgeshire will be reaping the benefits of the County Council’s success in winning £4.1 million from the government’s Cycle City Ambition Fund next year.

Plans are underway for three new cycle links to business parks in South Cambridgeshire providing better access to employment and training, and a boost to the local economies:

  • 1.6km from Boxworth End, Swavesey to Buckingway Business Park and over the A14 to Cambridge Services.
  • 2.5km alongside the A1307 between Wandlebury Country Park and the Babraham Research Campus, creatjng a continuous cycle link to the Park and Ride site and into Cambridge.
  • 2.7km path along the A505 to provide a continuous link from Whittlesford Station to Granta Park.

Where possible, all the new cycleways will be 2.5m wide, shared-use for two-way cycling and walking, and separated from the road by a 1m wide grass verge. The Swavesey path will be available for horse riders as it links to bridleways in the area.

The total cost of the schemes is £1.7 million. Construction work is due to begin on the first of the paths in February and all three are expected to be completed by early summer.

County Council Cabinet Member for Growth and Planning, Councillor Ian  Bates, said: “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 the city of Cambridge itself.

“Better transport links are vital in helping Cambridgeshire become a greener, healthier place to live, boosting our economy and reducing congestion. It’s great to see our ambitions as a county being recognised in this way by central government and to see local people and businesses benefit.”

The council has been working closely with businesses in delivering these schemes. Indeed the Babraham Research Campus is contributing £200,000 to the project as part of a larger investment from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to deliver innovation from the research base, generate economic growth and create jobs.

Babraham Research Campus considers that a good, safe, direct cycle path linking to the city is an important factor in attracting staff and new businesses to its site.

Local residents, businesses and other organisations can find out more by contacting Cambridgeshire County Council’s Cycling Projects Team by calling 01223 699906 or emailing transport.delivery@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

For more information on any of the schemes and how to comment, visit the Council’s website: www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/cycling

During construction disruption to traffic will be kept to a minimum, with work taking place overnight or during off-peak hours. There will be some lane closures and temporary traffic lights in place.