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Community helping to shape Greenways project

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018


People across Greater Cambridge have been helping to shape the Cambridge Greenways – 12 high quality walking, cycling and equestrian routes.

The Greater Cambridge Partnership has recently engaged with communities about the look, feel and route options of their local Greenway network at 25 public events.

People, community groups and businesses have shared their ambitions for their future local Greenway including preferred routes, the challenges they currently face in getting around and what existing infrastructure should remain in place in the future.

The Partnership-funded project aims to create a network of 12 cycling, walking and equestrian routes that link surrounding villages with Cambridge, creating a safe, largely off-road environment that is ideal for both commuting and leisure use.

Cllr Francis Burkitt, Chair of the GCP’s Executive Board, said: "There’s been widespread public endorsement of the Greenways. It is a fantastic project that encourages sustainable travel between surrounding villages and Cambridge.

“I am thankful to everyone who has come to one of our events to help us understand their views so we can work together to develop 12 outstanding and inclusive walking, cycling and equestrian routes that help to bring aspects of the countryside into the city.”

Officers are now analysing the data to create viable proposals for safe, continuous Greenways routes.

The Partnership is currently consulting on the Linton Greenway and  consultations on the other routes will follow later in the year, starting with Fulbourn, Waterbeach, Barton and Haslingfield.

Some ‘quick wins’ are also being brought forward where possible. These will include some widening and resurfacing of existing routes or creation of small links to allow better access to existing routes.

Each of the 12 routes will carry the new Greenways logo which was designed by Cambridge Regional College student Luke Nash.

Luke's design – which highlights the Greenways’ theme of nature and travel – was selected in a public vote in January as part of a competition with CRC students.

For more information about the Greenways visit www.greatercambridge.org.uk/greenways