The Fulbourn Greenway will be an active travel route to make it easier for walkers, cyclists and horse riders to travel from Fulbourn 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.
- 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 with new housing and workplaces on the east side of the city
- Links with the Chisholm Trail.
A public consultation has taken place and the report was approved by the GCP Executive Board on 19 February 2020 (see the Agenda Pack pages 78 onwards for the Greenway Report). Following the Board's approval, we have now started the process of detailed design.
- 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.
The Fulbourn Greenway runs for 4 miles with a 0.6 mile spur.
The draft route starts in Fulbourn as a ‘Quiet Road’ which will include measures to bring down traffic speeds and some environmental improvements . The path joins Fulbourn Old Drift and crosses Yarrow Road near Tesco supermarket. There is then a shared path by the railway to Cherry Hinton. Here the Greenway uses The Tins and a spur at Snakey Path to get to Perne Road and Romsey. From Perne Road to Cambridge Central Station there will be an improved route with changes to road crossings to make it safer and easier to follow. The route will proceed over the Carter Bridge towards the railway station and the Chisholm Trail.
There has also been a ‘Quick Win’. The Yarrow Road footpath, between Fulbourn Road and just past the Tesco crossing, has been replaced with a 3.5m wide shared-use foot/cycleway. We have made the side-road corners and crossings safer with better visibility for all users. The Pelican crossing to Tesco (west of the Tesco roundabout) has been upgraded to a Toucan crossing for walkers and cyclists to use. Local residents asked us for two new bus stops to make it easier to use the Citi 1 service. These are now in place.
The map below was produced for the Executive Board meeting in October 2020 and will be updated once detailed design work has been completed.