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The Greenways team have been working across the Greater Cambridge area to engage with local communities and find out what the public would like from a local travel route for cyclists, walkers and equestrians.

After consulting with local residents we have now collated all of the data from this engagement and will be presenting it to our Executive Board throughout 2019 and 2020. Taking this feedback into account, the board will then decide on how to progress the routes.

Below you will find background information on this project, along with the latest information on each route.

Support for the Greenways

In our recent Barton Greenway consultation, 87% of respondents supported the formation of the Greater Cambridge Greenways network.


  1. Public invited to local engagement event to share view

  2. Comments feedback from public are reviewed and analysed

  3. Using this data, initial designs are created

  4.  Designs taken to public consultation for further input 

  5. >Final design created and presented to the public<

Greenways logo - two stylised green leaves, with one wrapping to the contour of the other to create a winding path between them, adjacent to the text: Greater Cambridge Greenways
a map showing the routes of all the proposed Greenways listed in the Background section

In 2016, the Greater Cambridge Partnership commissioned a consultant to review the twelve Greenway routes, and create a report, with the detailed appendices being available 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


The Greenways team is working with local communities in designing these routes to create a network that is used and championed by local residents and businesses.

Stakeholders will have a number of opportunities to influence each Greenway.

Firstly, each Greenway has gone through an initial public engagement phase, which has now finished. Residents and stakeholders attended these events and left information about how the local area is meeting the transport needs of its users.

This information will feed into the designs of the local Greenway route that will be presented at a public consultation.

All of the routes have gone through public consultation, the results of which are currently being analysed ahead of a decision being made on a final route option.

A man and a woman in casual clothes walk alongside each other, with a small child just in front of them. The image suggests a family out for a nice walk together.

16 Oct 2019

Horningsea Greenway consultation drop in - Horningsea Village Hall

6:00 — 8:00 PM
Horningsea Village Hall ,Horningsea , Cambridge , Cambridgeshire , CB25 9JJ

03 Oct 2019

Greenways consultation drop in - Fen Ditton Recreation Ground

6:00 — 8:00 PM
Fen Ditton Recreation Ground ,Fen Ditton , Cambridge , Cambridgeshire , CB5 8SX

01 Oct 2019

Swaffham Greenway consultation drop in - Swaffham Prior Village Hall

6:00 — 8:00 PM
High Street ,Swaffham Prior , Cambridge , Cambridgeshire , CB25 0LD

26 Sep 2019

Bottisham Greenway consultation drop in - Bottisham Village College

6:00 — 8:00 PM
Lode Road ,Bottisham , Cambridge , Cambridgeshire , CB25 9DL

View all Upcoming Greenways Events


£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.

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.

A - Creating a Greenway network that connects local villages with the city will open up routes making travelling sustainably a far more attractive option and encourage modal shift out of the motor vehicle.

In an effort to reduce peak time motor traffic, commuters require viable alternatives to travel into the City. The Greenway network will act as part of a wider strategy in providing this.

A - Currently, the allocated Greenways funding is set at £500, 000. This is to complete 2 years of work in order to get 12 Greenway routes ready to build. 

The construction of the Greenways  will be undertaken after this first phase. This will have a separate portion of funding allocated to it which has not yet been finalised.

A - We are compiling a list of routes for “Greenways II”. If there are other destinations you would like to see connected with Cambridge, or other links, please let us know

A - In 2016, we commissioned a consultant to survey the twelve routes, and suggest options for each one. We have used this report to secure funding to develop the routes, and as a starting point for discussions with stakeholders and the public. No decisions will be made based on the report though, and the final routes will be chosen based on public feedback.

A - We have put the Greenways into order for engagement and consultation, based on a number of factors including new developments, existing provision and local support. However, it is our intention to construct all twelve routes, and the order will change as each route progresses at a different rate.

A - An all weather, hard surface (generally tarmac) of width of at least two metres, but wider where possible.

Where the routes follow roads these should preferably have less than 2,000 motor vehicle movements per day, and preferably be subject to 20mph speed limits.

Where busy roads are crossed, there should be a suitably safe means of crossing the road.

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. 

Greenways Documents

pdf Greenways Report

3.64 MB


pdf Greenways Overview

696.84 KB


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 map

19.79 MB


pdf Haslingfield map

37.61 MB


pdf Horningsea map

8.42 MB


pdf Melbourn map

11.14 MB


pdf Sawston map

7.85 MB


pdf Swaffham & Bottisham map

5.90 MB