New maps show how Greenways active travel network will connect communitiesPublished: Wednesday, July 14, 2021
New maps showing how the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s Greenways network will link almost 50 villages to the city have been launched today.
A London Underground-inspired map shows how villages, employment hubs, landmarks and railway stations will be easily and quickly accessible on foot, bike or horse by the new 75-mile network.
The overview network map has been launched alongside 12 individual route maps which show indicative journey times between ‘stops’ and how people can easily travel from one Greenway to another or join the GCP’s Chisholm Trail and the wider active travel network.
Cllr Neil Gough, chair of the GCP’s Executive Board, said:
“These new maps show the scale of our ambition to deliver a step change in the active travel network around Cambridge.
“When complete there will be 75 miles of Greenways, stretching from St Ives to Linton, Royston to Waterbeach, and Comberton to Swaffham Prior via Cambridge. The Greenways will link nearly 50 communities and 15 existing or planned railway stations or travel hubs.
“The maps give a clear idea of the connectivity each of the 12 Greenways will bring and how long it will take to cycle between key points on this new first-class network for Greater Cambridge.”
The project team are now carrying out detailed design work before construction gets underway, but a number of ‘quick wins’ along some of the Greenways routes are being delivered where the opportunity allows to provide immediate improvements to people’s journeys.
The GCP is investing more than £130m to enhance and extend Greater Cambridge’s active travel network to encourage more people to travel by foot, bike, and other means of active travel.
Construction on the Chisholm Trail is now underway and the route will eventually create a mostly off-road and traffic-free route between Cambridge Station and Cambridge North via the city. The Abbey-Chesterton Bridge has been lifted into place and a new underpass has been created at Newmarket Road.
Work is also ongoing on Histon Road, which will improve walking, cycling and public transport journeys with the creation of new cycling and bus lanes. Construction is due to complete later this summer.
All four of the GCP’s proposed transformative public transport routes would include new dedicated active travel routes to create a significantly improved active travel network for Greater Cambridge.
The GCP has already delivered five Cross City Cycling schemes which have significantly upgraded journeys for pedestrians and cyclists travelling in, out and around the city centre.
A public consultation asking how the GCP should spend a further £20m on the active travel network opened last week. People have until 16 August to have their say on the Cycling Plus consultation.
You can find more information about the projects on the GCP transport schemes pages.