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Cycle path upgraded as part of £4.6m programme

Published: Tuesday, September 4, 2018

People returning to work and school this week will be able to use an upgraded walking and cycling path in Sawston as part of a £4.6m package of improvements.

Work to widen and resurface part of an off-road route between Stapleford and Sawston was completed before the schools went back today (Tuesday). The rest of the path, which runs between the two villages, will be upgraded by the winter.

A small stretch of a deteriorating shared-use path used by pupils and parents outside Sawston Village College in New Road was also resurfaced last week.

It is the first of a number of cycling ‘quick wins’ the Greater Cambridge Partnership has identified across the Greater Cambridge area.

A low angle shot of the Sawston to Stapleford cycling and walking path, showing the new tarmac surface. The image is shot to show the path from the bottom of the image, receding into the distance, where it disappears into a tunnel formed by overhanging tree branches. There is a hedgerow to the right hand side, and a wooden fence at the edge of a field to the left hand side. The vibrant green of the grass, hedgerow, and trees are a sharp contrast to the fresh black tarmac.

These ‘quick wins’ are being delivered along with the Greater Cambridge Greenways – a network of 12 high-quality walking, cycling and equestrian routes linking surrounding villages to the city centre.

Cllr Lewis Herbert, Chair of the GCP’s Executive Board, said: “I’m pleased we’ve been able to improve phase one of this path so quickly as part of our aim to make it easier, safer and more attractive for people to walk and cycle to school or work.

“Our £4.6m investment in ‘quick wins’ enables us to upgrade our already first-class cycling network right now while we continue to develop our plans and consult on the route options for the well-supported Greenways initiative.”

Public consultations on the Barton and Haslingfield Greenways routes closed earlier this month, with consultations on four further routes – Waterbeach, Fulbourn, Melbourn and Comberton – due to be held in the autumn.

A full list of the cycling ‘quick wins’ can be found on the Cycling Quick Wins page.