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P R O J E C T  S U M M A R Y

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.

Barton and Haslingfield will be the next Greenway routes to go through the public engagement process, see the flyer in the download section for more info.

B E N E F I T S  O F  T H E  P R O J E C T

Some of the benefits of the Greenways project are:

  •         Creates extensive sustainable travel network
  •         Joins up existing foot and cycleway links
  •         Reduces barriers for active travel, improving health
  •         Creates green corridors for biodiversity to flourish
  •         Community steered projects


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:

  • Waterbeach Greenway
  • Horningsea Greenway
  • Swaffham Greenway
  • Bottisham Greenway
  • Fulbourn Greenway
  • Linton Greenway
  • Sawston Greenway
  • Melbourn Greenway
  • Haslingfield Greenway
  • Barton Greenway
  • Comberton Greenway
  • St Ives Greenway

Greenways Gallery

Public engagement

The Greenways Scheme will use public input to steer its projects. Local stakeholders will have a number of opportunities to influence each Greenway. Firstly, each Greenway will go through an initial public engagement phase where residents and stakeholders can attend events and leave information on how the local area is meeting the non motorised transport needs of its users.  It's this information  which will feed into the design options that will be consulted on at a later stage. 

To acquire funding to go through this initial engagement phase, a contractor was appointed to create ideas that may be popular in the local area. Whilst various routes have been recommended in the report, no decisions have been made and every route will be chosen following thorough local consultation. 


£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.

Greenways Public Consultations

10 Jul 2017
10 Jul 2019

Greenways public engagement


Frequently asked questions

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.

Please note: the proposals within this report are ideas created by the consultant and not the Cambridge Greenways project team, therefore are by no means definitive options. The final routes options will be determined after thorough public engagement. 

pdf Greenways Plan

742.75 KB


pdf Greenways Report

3.64 MB


pdf Appendix 1 Standards

1.59 MB


pdf Appendix 2 Waterbeach

3.36 MB


pdf Appendix 3 Horningsea

1.82 MB


pdf Appendix 4 Swaffhams

2.52 MB


pdf Appendix 5 Bottisham

1.63 MB


pdf Appendix 6 Fulbourn

2.71 MB


pdf Appendix 7 Linton

2.71 MB


pdf Appendix 8 Sawston

3.04 MB


pdf Appendix 9 Melbourn

2.68 MB


pdf Appendix 10 Haslingfield

2.46 MB


pdf Appendix 11 Barton

3.03 MB


pdf Appendix 12 Comberton

2.43 MB


pdf Appendix 13 St Ives

3.74 MB


pdf Barton + Haslingfield event flyer

4.68 MB