Project summary

The Melbourn Greenway will be an active travel route to make it easier for walkers, cyclists and horse riders to travel from Melbourn 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.

The map below is indicative and not to scale. You can download a high-res pdf of this map and a cycling time guide from the document section below. As the project progresses, we will update each section.

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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 Royston, with a new bridge planned over the A505.
  • Conveniently located for Melbourn Science Park
  • Meldreth and Shepreth railways stations easy to reach
  • Links to the proposed Foxton and Cambridge South West Travel Hubs
  • Links to the Haslingfield Greenway at Hauxton
  • Route continues into Cambridge and links to the Chisholm Trail via the Busway path.
Harston Village Hall along the Melbourn Greenway

Current status

A public consultation has taken place and the report was approved by the GCP Executive Board on 25 June 2020 (see the Agenda Pack pages 216-230 for the Greenway Report). Following the Board's approval, we have started the process of detailed design.

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

The Melbourn Greenway runs for 12 miles.

The draft route starts at Royston, with an improved path and a new bridge over the A505 near Royston being planned in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council. Heading towards Cambridge from Melbourn and Melbourn Science Park, the Greenway proceeds towards Foxton, with a spur to Shepreth on the way. At Foxton there is a route through the village as well as a direct route over the railway crossing at the proposed new Travel Hub. The Greenway continues past Harston to Hauxton, where it connects with the Hasingfield Greenway. The route will have a grass verge for horse riders, ramblers and joggers, and there will be landscaping with bee-friendly plants. There is a safe crossing of the M11 bridge by the proposed Cambridge South West Travel Hub. The route continues into Cambridge from the Trumpington Park-and-Ride along the Busway path. It links with the Sawston and Linton Greenways via existing networks around the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. The Greenway ends at Cambridge Station, where it joins the Chisholm Trail.

As a Quick Win, we have installed new solar studs between Melbourn and Harston.

Melbourn Greenway
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Published on 14 Jul 2021

Greenway cycling times Melbourn
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Published on 15 Jul 2021

Melbourn Greenway Review Nigel Brigham 2016
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Published on 12 Mar 2021

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