The Greenways project aims to establish a high-quality network of 12 separate routes into Cambridge from surrounding towns and villages, from approximately five to ten miles away. They will primarily be commuter cycle paths, but with additional benefits for pedestrians, horse riders and leisure.
A ‘Greenway’ will be an attractive route segregated from traffic or on quiet roads. The aim is to increase levels of cycling and walking, to reduce congestion as the city grows and to improve the health of the population. Parts of each route exist already, but some may need significant improvement or have missing links.
Public engagement events are taking place this summer in Waterbeach and Fulbourn
Some of the benefits of the Greenways project are:
In 2016, the City Deal commissioned a consultant to review the twelve Greenway routes, and the main report, together with detailed appendices, can be downloaded below. The consultant identified a number of missing links that could be provided on private land, generally on field edges, so early consultation with landowners will be essential to discuss possible alignments or alternative options.
There are 12 Greenways planned in total:
The Greenways Scheme will use public input to steer its projects. A number of opportunities through which the public can discuss and propose routes that fulfil the criteria of the project are being created.
Whilst various routes have been recommended in the report, no decisions have been made and every route will be chosen following thorough local consultation. It is most likely the Greenways will be divided into two groups, with engagement starting on the first six projects in Summer 2017, and the second six towards the end of 2018.
£480,000 of City Deal funding was awarded to the project which started in April 2017. This is allocated over two years to complete the public engagement and consultation phase of all 12 schemes.
The budget will be reviewed as detailed measures are determined.
Come along and have your say at interactive drop-in events:
Tuesday, 11 July 17:00-20:00, Cherry Hinton C of E Primary School
Tuesday, 18 July 16:30-19:30, Fulbourn Primary School
Wednesday, 12 July 17:30-20:00, St Johns Church
Wednesday, 19 July 18:30-20:30, Waterbeach Primary School
A - Everyone is welcome to have their say and share their local knowledge. The public engagement will consist of approximately two sessions for each Greenway route. They will take the form of drop-in workshops that will invite people to share information on different aspects of the route. Sessions will be advertised on the website, social media and community channels as dates are confirmed.
A - The Project Team is committed to working towards creating Greenways routes that can accommodate as wide a range of sustainable transport options as possible. At this stage, however, it is very difficult to say whether or not this will be possible along all of the routes. This is simply because the routes are currently at a very early planning stage.