City deal excludes South of Cambridge

Dusting off and looking ahead
The A10 Corridor Cycling Campaign meets 29 January, 7 for 7:30, at Sagentia, Harston Mill.  
The update on City Deal funding will help us to understand why, in the wake of yesterday’s astonishing decision by the tiny group of City Deal Executive decision-makers, all rural cycle schemes for South Cambridgeshire were thrown out – in spite of their strong evidence base for improving the well-being of our area in so many ways.  South Cambridgeshire itself was represented by just a single elected representative, the Leader of South Cambs District Council, who appears unconvinced that investing in the transformative safe cycling networks so ably scoped and developed by our professional transport strategists, is a good thing to do: for road safety, traffic congestion and public health. 
The larger and more representative City Deal Assembly which met on January 12 to make its recommendations to the Executive had carefully considered the Royston-Cambridge cycle link scheme and voted to support it.  It was fair to assume, in the spirit of the democratic system which governs our society, that the Executive would respect the Assembly’s recommendations.  Instead its final decision was one of those kicks in the teeth that reminds us that our system has much room for improvement.
While the decision is very disappointing, the strong case for transforming the A10 Corridor to one that encourages multi-modal sustainable transport remains and will become increasingly compelling as vehicle congestion thickens and gridlock becomes more frequent. We have a strong and growing group of campaigners committed to keep working for the transformation of the A10 corridor into one that is good for moving about not just by car – for everyone’s sake.  The City Deal won’t be the last opportunity that comes along and we’ll need to make sure we are poised for the next.