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Cambridge cycleways scheme moves up a gear

Published: Wednesday, February 7, 2018

New hedge planting and landscaping will soon take place on an open space beside Fulbourn Road as part of works to construct a new high-class cycleway.

As part of the Greater Cambridge Partnership-funded work, sections of hedging which are in poor condition will be removed to create room for the widening of the shared use path next to the Fulbourn Road open space.

As we are entering the bird-nesting season, ecology searches will be carried out prior to the removal of each section of hedge. Clearing will start this week and will be followed by the planting of mature native mixed hedging, which is expected to be completed in April.

A public consultation about new landscaping for the open space is currently being undertaken by Cambridge City Council. The proposals include the planting of apple trees and the creation of wild flower meadows.

Fulbourn Road is currently undergoing a transformation to create a safer environment for walking and cycling as part of the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s programme to provide more sustainable forms of transport to encourage people to leave their cars at home to help reduce congestion.

This is one of five Greater Cambridge Partnership Cross City Cycling schemes being built across the city. Other schemes include the recently completed Hills Road phase 2 and Arbury Road cycleway works which are currently under construction. 

The Arbury Road cycleway works will involve a road closure over half term between St Albans Road and Mere Way. They will start on Saturday 10 February and end on Sunday 18 February with the road being fully open again on the following Monday 19 February. 

Mike Davies, Greater Cambridge Partnership cycling projects team leader said: “The Greater Cambridge Partnership is currently achieving real results for cycling and walking in the city through the Cross City Cycling projects.

“It’s exciting that more arterial routes into the city will get similar high-quality cycling infrastructure as has been recently installed along Hills Road."

"The quality of these cycleways will make cycling in the city even more attractive, as safer spaces for cyclists are being created on some of the more intimidating roads to cycle into the city.”