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Milestone cycleway opens marking the first City Deal project to reach completion

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A new foot and cycleway providing safe travel between South Cambridgeshire and key city sites has opened, marking the first in the delivery of City Deal schemes.

Today (Wednesday 15th March) the A10 Melbourn foot and cycleway was opened in an official ceremony attended by members of the community and project leaders.

The £550k scheme is the first Greater Cambridge City Deal project to be delivered and connects the village of Melbourn to the A10 cycleway via a safe 2.5m-wide and 2.5km-long cycle path. The path bridges a gap in the off-road route helping link Royston and Cambridge.

It is just one of the City Deal’s many projects underway to improve cycling and walking facilities in the region, and offers local cyclists and pedestrians safe travel between Melbourn, Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton to rail stations and key employment sites such as Melbourn Science Park and Sagentia.

The project, which has been publicly supported by County Councillor Susan Van de Ven and the A10 Cycling Campaign, is funded by the Greater Cambridge City Deal and is part of significant investment in the Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire cycling network.  

At today’s ceremony, which was led by City Deal Executive Board Member, County Councillor Ian Bates, a group bike ride and walk was held with children from Melbourn Primary School. 

Councillor Ian Bates said: “It is wonderful to see the delivery of the first of the City Deal’s transport schemes.  We are looking to invest in projects that will make a real difference to travel options for local people and that will support the infrastructure we need to continue to grow, by connecting people, jobs and homes.

“Projects such as the foot and cycleway provide long-lasting solutions for sustainable travel that will help encourage walking and cycling as real options for daily travel.”

Leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council Peter Topping said, “I am delighted to have attended today’s ceremony to open this cycleway, which will significantly improve travel options for South Cambridgeshire.

“The route provides a safe and attractive route to key areas in the region and I hope that it will be well used by members of our communities as a real alternative to car travel.”