PROJECT SUMMARY

The Barton Greenway will be an active travel route to make it easier for walkers, cyclists and horse riders to travel from Barton into Cambridge.  It is one of twelve Greater Cambridge Greenways. These will make it easier both to travel in a pleasant and sustainable way into and out of Cambridge and to enjoy our countryside for leisure purposes. They will also help to make local journeys such as school and nursery runs safer and easier. In some cases these are new routes, or routes with new sections, whilst others will be based on existing paths.

Greenways logo with leaf on the left and the text Greater Cambridge Greenways on the right

KEY BENEFITS

  • Green active travel into and out of Cambridge for walkers, cyclists and horse riders
  • Easy and safe travel to workplaces, local schools and colleges, shops and transport hubs
  • Links to the Haslingfield Greenway
  • Links to Comberton
  • A new underpass to bypass the M11 northbound slip road at the A603 roundabout
  • A safer crossing over the M11 with a wide path and greater distance from motor vehicles
  • A new underpass under Grantchester Road from Coton and a safer roundabout
  • Convenient links to the Sidgwick Site and West Cambridge Campus.
Artist's impression of the new route

CURRENT STATUS

A public consultation has taken place. The report was approved by the GCP Executive Board on 01 October 2020 (see the Agenda Pack pages 43-56 for the Greenway Report). Following the Board's approval, we have now started the process of detailed design. Further discussion with local communities and interested parties can be expected in due course.

LATEST UPDATE

  • As part of the detailed design work, we will carry out site surveys and liaise with landowners and others along the planned route.
  • The choice of surface material for each part of the Greenway will take into account the surrounding environment and landscape as well as the needs of the path users. The Greenway path must be useable in all weathers and all seasons.
  • We will make sure that off-road sections are well signposted.
  • Safety will be a top priority when the Greenways are on or near public roads.
  • Finally, the Greenways project aims to make improvements to the environment. We will create places to sit and enjoy the surroundings as well as supporting wildlife and developing bee-friendly corridors.

PROJECT DETAILS

Barton Greenway will be 2.9 miles with 4 miles of other links.

The draft route starts in Barton and includes safer crossings over the M11 and related roundabouts / slip roads as well as off-road routes past Grantchester.

The main route leads from Barton to Cambridge, passing the junction with Grange Road for the Sidgwick Site. The route then ends at Newnham Croft where there are convenient links into and around Cambridge. There is also a spur which connects with the Haslingfield Greenway and ends at Granchester. An additional spur ends at the Cambridge Rugby Club.

The existing path between Comberton and Barton is often used by people going to work and school children attending Comberton Village College. Many people asked us to improve this path. As a Quick Win, we have widened the path as much as possible and may be able to make this into a Greenway in the future.

The map below was produced for the Executive Board meeting in October 2020 and will be updated once detailed design work has been completed.

Barton route appendix

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