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Board agrees £19m package to improve road safety, reduce congestion & enhance cycling network

Published: Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Greater Cambridge Partnership yesterday (Wednesday) agreed to invest an additional £19m towards a package of 'quick wins' to improve road safety, reduce congestion and enhance the city region’s cycling network.

It includes a £4.6m investment in cycling improvements across the Greater Cambridge Greenways – a network of 12 high-quality cycling, walking and equestrian routes linking surrounding towns and villages to the city.

Construction work on the proposed Greenways upgrades – which includes the widening and resurfacing of a number of existing cycleways, including between Stapleford and Sawston, and a new shared path linking Cottenham to the Guided Busway – is expected to begin next month.

The investment in cycling in Greater Cambridge comes in the same week Andrew Gilligan’s ‘Running out of road’ report highlighted Cambridge as the UK’s cycling capital and called for further funds to help ease pressure on the road network. Read the GCP’s full response to the report.

The funding was announced at a meeting of the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s (GCP’s) Executive Board on Wednesday.

Members of the board also approved a number of shorter-term improvements along the A1307 corridor as part of a £14m package while longer-term plans for new public transport routes are temporarily paused following a request from the Mayor and Combined Authority.

The ‘quick wins’ expected to be delivered by the end of 2020 include new bus lanes on the approach to the A11 and Linton, junction safety upgrades, new crossing points and more cycle storage at Babraham Road Park & Ride.

Cllr Lewis Herbert, Leader of Cambridge City Council, was formally elected as the GCP’s new Chair, with Cambridgeshire County Cllr Ian Bates elected Vice-Chair.

South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Board member Cllr Aidan Van de Weyer also took his seat at Wednesday’s meeting – the first meeting since May’s local elections.

Cllr Herbert confirmed the GCP’s commitment to delivering schemes to improve people’s quality of life now – in particularly easing traffic congestion – as well as funding more transformational solutions in the longer-term.

Cllr Herbert said: “In three years, the GCP has a record of delivery that responds to the need to link the city and existing settlements to fast growth jobs sites and new housing developments, involving residents and businesses to shape the solutions.

“This latest £19m package gives people alternatives to using their cars, as well as making local roads, like sections of the infamous A1307, safer too.

“There is a big programme of further project delivery underway, and we can expect more such announcements at our next Board meeting in October. 

“The need for transport improvements in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire is urgent and we are determined to crack on to improve travel and help new housing and jobs sites expand sustainably.”

Members also approved the preferred option design for improved bus, cycling and walking journeys along Milton Road, and discussed the potential options for encouraging people to move away from using their car to travel across Cambridge.

Watch a video of the Executive Board meeting in full on our YouTube channel.