The Melbourn to Frog End Foot and Cycleway opened in March 2107
B E N E F I T S O F T H E P R O J E C T
- A safer off-road environment for users.
- Links villages, train stations, schools and workplaces.
- Part of a wider sustainable network initiative.
- Attractive cycling, walking and running routes.
- Improves health and wellbeing for users.
B A C K G R O U N D
Over time this route is being completed piece by piece, with money coming from several pots of funding. The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP), in recognising the potential to create a well-used link for commuter cyclists, has funded an important part of this route between Melbourn, Frog End and Shepreth.
The route connects large employment sites, such as the Melbourn Science Park and Sagentia, with local rail stations. The path is a generous 2.5m wide and completely separated from motor traffic. As well as providing local residents and employees with a link to local amenities and workplaces, the path is widely used for recreational purposes like lunch break jogging sessions and leisurely family cycle rides.
F U N D I N G
This Melbourn to Frog End route was created under budget at a cost of £550,000.
Previously, work was completed on an improved shared-use foot and cycleway from the south of Harston along the A10 to the outskirts of Melbourn. This work was funded by a Cycle city Ambition grant from the Department for Transport.
G E T I N V O L V E D
Although the Melbourn to Frog End link has now been completed, the overall vision of a cycle link from Cambridge to Royston is still in progress. The next step in completing this concept is a Foot and Cycleway through Harston.
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The existing footway on the western side of Cambridge Road from Melbourn Science Park to Wyevale Garden Centre has been widened to 2.5 metres. The new foot and cycleway on the eastern side leads to the A10 via Dunsbridge Turnpike.
The new central island on the A10, near the Dunsbridge Business Park Weavers Shed, helps pedestrians and cyclists cross the A10.
The new and improved 2.1 km long path between Melbourn, Frog End and Shepreth is 2.5 metres wide, which enables two-way walking and cycling. Much of the foot and cycleway is separated from the road by at least a 1 metre wide grass verge.
Astra Zeneca, one of the main beneficiaries of the project will also be giving £5,000 a year towards the maintenance of the path. This will ensure it remains a high-quality key walking and cycling route to work for their employees.
What will be next for the Cambridge to Royston route specifically regarding the poor provision through Harston?
Cambridgeshire County Council has consulted on a new foot and cycleway through Harston. This project is being funded through the Department for Transport’s Cycle City Ambition Fund. On 10 November 2016, the County Council’s Economy and Environment Committee decided on the final go ahead for the scheme. Construction for this path will start in summer 2017.
Officers are currently looking into the detail of possible routes to create safer cycling links from Royston to Melbourn, including a bridge over the A505 near Royston. Such a scheme would entail a new path on the east side of the A10, linking to a bridge over the A505, and onwards into Royston. Cambridgeshire County Council is working with Hertfordshire County Council on the preliminary designs.