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.
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:
£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.
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.