The County Council Economy and Environment Committee today gave final approval for the Harston pedestrian/cycle scheme. Funding has already been secured from the Department for Transport. Actual work will start next year – details to come.
The latest Camcycle newsletter has a good write up of other schemes that were approved in Cambridge that will be relevant to people who travel to Cambridge.
The City Deal Board today was asked to consider part funding the Melbourn-Royston scheme. The reply was that funding bids for the overall scheme are already in the pipeline, but that the City Deal is fully supportive of the overall Cambridge-Royston scheme. I’ve requested a meeting with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership regarding funding for the Melbourn-Royston scheme and this will take place next month.
Questions about the missing milestone on the Shepreth-Foxton path: the milestone is being refurbished and will return.
Questions about brambles, junctions and other matters have been referred directly to officers, to whom thanks for their quick responses.
- The ‘sod cutting ceremony’ for the start of works on the Shepreth-Melbourn cycleway took place on 24 October. Construction is now underway from the northern end of the route at Dunsbridge Turnpike Shepreth. It is happily ironic that while the overall Cambridge-Royston A10 cycle link scheme did not receive City Deal Tranche 1 funding, this segment of the project is City Deal funded and is the very first ‘spade in the ground’ for City Deal. The rest of the scheme has thus far been funded by Department for Transport ‘Cycling Ambition’ grant.
- Melbourn-Royston link – funding is needed. Cambridgeshire County Council, Hertfordshire County Council and The City Deal are strongly supportive of efforts by the Cambs/Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership to secure funding for this final section, which crosses a county border but falls entirely within the Cambs/Pet LEP remit. A meeting with the LEP has been requested and a positive response received.
- Royston campaigners have provided huge support to the overall campaign since its inception but there is understandable concern that nothing has yet been achieved in practical terms for safe access out of Royston an onto the A10 corridor – lots of irons in the fire but the route is increasingly dangerous, with severe deterioration of the off-road track. To help keep this element of our campaign strong we have planned two events:
Informal get-together, Jolly Postie, Royston, 30 November 7:30PM
Santa cycle ride around Royston, 10 December, 10:30AM , from Royston Station –
Same Sustrans route as last year, suitable for families, with Santa hats and decorated bicycles. It was agreed at our recent meeting that this should be an annual event, until the path-and-bridge link is in place. We will not be fundraising this time, just raising awareness. Please do come along. The start time is designed to work with the train timetable.
- Works around Foxton Level Crossing: Much planned work is currently taking place to final surfacing of the path, but urgent need for signage directing through cyclists to proceed via the Barrington Rd pedestrian gate over the level crossing has been flagged up. Meanwhile we are awaiting Network Rail’s response to the recent public consultation on their proposal to close the Barrington Road level crossing gate, which would effectively sever the new A10 path.
- A final decision on the Harston cycle scheme takes place at the Cambs County Council Economy and Environment Committee November 10. If this is successful, then work would probably commence around summer 2017.
- Maintenance: After all the works at Foxton, Shepreth and Melbourn are completed, Cambridgeshire County Council will tidy up the whole of the A10 cycle route including siding out, cutting back hedges and overhanging branches. At that point, the AstraZeneca maintenance grant will kick in and we should see a much higher standard of maintenance. The grant means that the A10 will be a uniquely well maintained path.
Our AGM will be held late January/early February upstairs at the Shepreth Plough – date to be confirmed shortly and we’ll let you know.
The link from Melbourn to Royston is proving difficult to find funding for and keep on the agenda. To help this critical link moving along, we are engaging in the following activities:
THE LAST MILE: SANTA CYCLE RIDE, ROYSTON SATURDAY 10 DECEMBER
The A10 Corridor Cycling Campaign will be pedalling around Royston on Saturday 10 December, setting off from Royston Station at 10:30AM and dressed in Santa gear. The purpose is to raise awareness of the urgent need for a safe off-road link between Melbourn and Royston. The overall Cambridge to Royston pedestrian/cycle scheme is progressing very well, with work now underway to connect Shepreth Frog End to Melbourn – and now the campaign is putting all its energies into the last mile.
JOLLY POSTIE A10 CYCLE GET-TOGETHER: 30 NOVEMBER
All welcome at the Jolly Postie Royston on 30 November, 7:30PM, for an informal get-together to share ideas and get caught up on what we can do to achieve the Melbourn-Royston cycle link.
We have received detailed plans for the Harston and Frog End sections of path.
It should be noted that the Harston is not yet fully approved.
The plans for both sections can be viewed of downloaded here
We have received the following message from The Greater Cambridge City Deal Team:
“We are pleased to announce the start of works for the first Greater Cambridge City Deal scheme – a new shared use foot & cycleway which will link the village of Melbourn to the A10 and into Cambridge.
You are invited to celebrate this occasion at a sod cutting ceremony on Monday, 24 October at 10.30am. The event will take place on Cambridge Road in Melbourn (near the junction with Portway) .
It’s great to see this much needed link happening. Please do come along if you can.
Network Rail is persisting with its proposal to close the self-locking pedestrian gate on the Barrington side of Foxton Level Crossing.
This would sever the brand-new A10 pedestrian/cycleway, forcing people to cross the A10 twice – once over and once back to re-join, after traversing the level crossing through the station-side gate. Not only would this hugely increase risk to the individual user but it would dis-incentivise use of the new path. The A10 cycleway is funded by the Department for Transport and the biggest risk point challenges, as you know, are crossings of the A10.
Respond directly to Network Rail by Thursday 29 September. Go to this website for an overview of the wider proposals:
http://www.networkrail.co.uk/anglialevelcrossings/ and choose ‘Information for Cambridge.’ Then, ‘C06 Barrington Road.’
or a direct link to the online survey can be found here is you are familiar with the proposals:
Leaflets have been arriving at houses along the A10 path detailing further consultation of the Barrington Road crossing that forms an integral part of the A10 path (see our previous post on the issue here https://a10corridorcycle.com/2016/06/16/permanent-closure-of-the-a10-path-at-level-crossing/)
Consultation on the Cambridge area crossings will be on Thursday 8th of September (2.00PM to 7PM) at:
University of Cambridge
CB1 2EW the 29th
Sadly there are no details of a local consultation despite none of the proposed closures being in the city itself.
An online consultation will be live from 8th of September to the 29th of September at www.networkrail.co.uk/anglialevelcrossings
We will provide any detail that we can closer to the time.