First City Deal money gets spent to better connect county cyclists
The A10 cycleway connects Royston and Cambridge, and the work, which will cost £550,000, will connect Melbourn to the route.
A10 cycle route: the Melbourn section
The footway on the western side of Cambridge Road from Melbourn Science Park to Wyevale Garden Centre will be widened to 2.5 metres
A new foot and cycleway on the eastern side will then lead to the A10 via Dunsbridge Turnpike
A new central island on the A10 near the Dunsbridge Business Park Weavers Shed will help pedestrians and cyclists to cross the A10
Most of the length of the foot and cycleway will be separated from the road by at least a 1 metre wide grass verge
Where it is not possible to create a one metre wide verge, there will be a three metre wide path
AstraZeneca will be giving £5,000 a year towards the maintenance of the vegetation along this section
Work was started on the construction of a new cycle path on Monday - the first Greater Cambridge City Deal scheme to get underway.
This new section of cycleway will be completed in February next year, and will offer cyclists and pedestrians safe travel between Melbourn, Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton to the rail stations and employment sites such as Melbourn Science Park and Sagentia.
City Deal board member and county councillor Ian Bates marked the start of the construction work in a sod-cutting ceremony.
He said: “The City Deal board was unanimous in its support for investing in this important scheme which will provide excellent cycling and walking facilities for communities along the A10 in South Cambridgeshire.
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“It is fitting that the first City Deal transport project on the ground is one that so clearly promotes sustainable and active travel as a means of keeping people moving, connecting homes and jobs, as the Greater Cambridge area continues to grow.”
The City Deal will invest £18 million in the Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire cycle network.