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A shared cycle and footpath through overhanging trees in a woodland
P R O J E C T  S U M M A R Y

The Greater Cambridge Partnership is creating a package of ‘quick wins’ to improve road safety, reduce congestion and enhance the city region’s cycling network.

Most of these improvements are small-scale projects located within highways boundaries, as a result improvements can be delivered quickly. 

The ‘quick wins’ expected to be delivered by the end of 2020 include resurfacing, junction safety upgrades, new crossing points and more cycle storage at Babraham Road Park & Ride.


Yarrow Road, Cherry Hinton - completed

The Yarrow Road footpath, between Fulbourn Road and just past the Tesco crossing, has been replaced with a 3.5m wide shared use foot/cycleway; the side road corners have been tightened and crossings improved (including visibility for all users). The Pelican crossing to Tesco’s (west of the Tesco roundabout) has been upgraded to a Toucan crossing for pedestrians and cyclists to use. 

Stapleford to Sawston – Phase 1 completed

This is a route from Stapleford to Sawston which is heavily used by local residents and school children during term time. The path has been sided out, resurfaced and given new edgings to increase the width of the path, improve existing conditions and reduce encroaching vegetation. A small stretch outside Sawston Village College along New Road was also resurfaced to rejuvenate the existing degrading path which is heavily used by school children.

 A low angle photot of the new tarmac surface on a shared use path. To the left is a wooden fence separating the path from a grass and pasture field. On the other side of the path are some shrubs and small trees, forming a natural border to the path.

Willingham to the Busway - completed

The existing path from Willingham to the busway is of acceptable width. However, some of this width is restricted due to vegetation growth. A process of cutting back the paths vegetation has been completed.

There has also been an improvement of signage along the route to reduce conflict between users passing each other.

Rampton to the Busway - works to be completed summer 2019

The Reynolds Drove byway between Rampton and the existing busway track is a well-used track for commuters, leisure cyclist and walkers and agricultural traffic. As part of the Greenways aim to improve village connections to the busway, resurfacing of the drove is being explored, which will improve the surface for non-motor users and be a starting point for future local connections as developments such as Northstowe take shape in the area.

 

Girton/Oakington to the Busway - underway

This existing path along New Road links the villages of Girton and Oakington to the Busway. Some of the path width is currently restricted by vegetation growth, so siding out and vegetation cutting back is being investigated, alongside any other improvements including resurfacing or widening as necessary. The shared use path along the main Oakington Road/Cambridge Road between Girton and Oakington, including the junction with New Road, is currently being improved through a separate project by the County Council. Work started on 15 April 2019 and will continue for 4 weeks.

Comberton to Barton - underway

The existing path between Comberton and Barton is used frequently by commuters and school children attending Comberton Village College. Throughout Greenways early engagement, many responders expressed a desire for this path to be improved. Investigations are currently underway to identify where the path can be widened and what stretches are in need of resurfacing. Improvements could form the basis for a Greenway in the future. Work for this project began on 25 March 2019 and will continue for 12-16 weeks.

 

Renewal of Solar Studs

A network of solar studs was introduced around the County some years ago. Many of these are coming to the end of their life span. Some of the locations where the studs are being renewed will include Cottenham to Histon, Horningsea to Fen Ditton and Melbourn to Dunsbridge Turnpike.

 

Road Resurfacing (Fen Road, Milton; Cambridge Road, Milton; Walnut Tree Avenue, Cambridge)

Several roads have been identified as candidates for improvement. These are roads that would not otherwise be resurfaced imminently by other council teams whose improvement would benefit those using for commute leisure purposes.

 

Cottenham to Oakington

Residents of Cottenham and Oakington have  highlighted a need for improved cycle facilities between the two villages. Options surrounding an off road and on road route along Oakington Road are being investigated via surveys which are currently being undertaken.

 

Wadloes Path, Fen Ditton

Throughout engagement and consultation processes, Fen Ditton Parish Council, together with the Project team, has identified Wadloes Path in Fen Ditton as in need of improvement.

From Monday, 3 June 2019, the Wadloes path between Ditton Meadows and High Street, Fen Ditton will be closed for approximately eight weeks to facilitate improvements to this path.

The temporary 24/7 closure will allow our contractors to widen the Wadloes shared use path to 2.5m. There will be a diversion route via Ditton Lane that will be signposted.

Please note, at the southern end of the Wadloes path, the paths to Howard Road, Ditton Meadows and Ditton Lane will be open as usual. For more information on Ditton Lane improvements, please click here.

Prior to the works, vegetation over-hanging the path will need to be cut back to permit plant and machinery to access the site - but only as far as necessary and as agreed with Fen Ditton Parish Council. The Skanska Environmental Manager will conduct a thorough biodiversity check before the landscape contractors will be allowed to carry out their work.

New path edgings and new stud lighting will be put in as part of the widening works. Benches will be relocated to the back of the widened path.

The Bumps:

  • Wednesday 12 June to Friday 14 June: our contractors will work for a few hours in the morning and then open up the Wadloes path about an hour before the races begin at 1.00pm
  • The path will be made safe and will remain open over the weekend of 15 and 16 June until it is closed again on Monday 17 June.

 

Compound to be moved

 The compound in Fison Road is in the process of being demobilised. Mitigation works will include:

  • removal of the stone hardcore
  • the application of seeded top soil
  • the construction of small earth bunds behind the knee rail fencing, and the installation of a new gate, to deter illegal entry onto the green space.

 In the autumn, the planting of new trees and bulbs and the reinstatement of the wildflower meadow will take place.

The small office/welfare unit currently at the Fison Road site will be moved to the new compound for the Wadloes path works. The new compound will be located on private land at the northern end of the Wadloes path: it will be much smaller than the one at Fison Road in line with the works involved.


Greenways

In addition to these initial quick wins, we will be creating and improving even more walking and cycling routes as part of our Greater Cambridge Greenways scheme.

The ‘Greenways’ consist of 12 different cycle, walking and where possible equestrian routes that connect surrounding villages with the city. They will open up routes for travelling sustainably, reduce congestion and encourage modal shift out of the motor vehicle.

These routes have been developed with help from local residents and cycling user groups. All routes will go through public consultation and ongoing engagement before final designs are created.

You can find more information about the Greenways on their webpage.

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