£8m for Haslingfield greenway route agreed by Greater Cambridge Partnership
The “final piece of the puzzle” for a network of 12 ‘greenways‘ routes has been agreed, the Greater Cambridge Partnership says.
The multi-council partnership’s project will connect villages with Cambridge, creating an extensive network for walking, cycling and horse riding.
An outline budget of £8million was agreed by the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s (GCP) executive board last Thursday (December 10) for the Haslingfield route, the final of 12 to get the green light. It comes after a budget of £32.5million was approved in October for the five serving Barton. Bottisham, Horningsea, Sawston and the Swaffhams.
Now the network has been agreed, the GCP says it will start work on detailed plans and negotiations on the land.
The GCP board will still need to give final approval once the detailed work is completed for each route.
The first route is expected to open for use in 2024, with construction on the final route estimated to end in 2028.
Cllr Roger Hickford, chair of the GCP’s executive board, said: “The Greater Cambridge greenways will encourage more people to walk or cycle into the city from surrounding areas, helping to reduce congestion and improve air quality in our communities, while also improving routes for horse riders.
“With the final Cross City Cycling project to be completed next year and the lifting of the Abbey-Chesterton Bridge for the Chisholm Trail, approval of the final Haslingfield Greenway shows the level of the GCP’s commitment to extending and enhancing our active travel network.”
The 12 Greater Cambridge greenways are:
- St Ives