Presentation to the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership on Melbourn-Royston Bridge

Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) invited the A10 Corridor Cycling Campaign to discuss the proposed cycle link between Melbourn and Royston, which would include a bridge over the A505.

Aidan Van de Weyer from the Campaign went to the December meeting of the LEP gave this presentation. A PDF of the presentation can be viewed or downloaded here

The LEP Board was very supportive of the huge benefits that this route could bring to Melbourn and Royston. It will be able to consider contributing to the funding the bridge along other bodies and the private sector.

Further consultation meeting for Foxton level crossing gate

We have received the following information:

Network Rail have only just released the attached notice of a public consultation meeting next week, 14 December,2-7PM, Foxton Village Hall, regarding modifications to their proposal to close the Barrington Road pedestrian crossing gate at Foxton Level Crossing.

A flyer can be found here:

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and more information can be seen here:

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They made this information available to Foxton Parish Council during a visit to a Foxton PC meeting, but have done nothing else yet to publicize the meeting to the wider community.

Essentially, the modification is the inclusion of a three-metre wide pedestrian/cycleway alongside the Barrington side of the A10 itself as it passes over the tracks. This would involve a shifting of the highway by three metres as it passes over the level crossing.

The modification means that through-pedestrian and cycle traffic need not cross the A10 twice over, in order to leave and re-join the new A10 pedestrian/cycle path, so this is a significant improvement over the original proposal.  There is also a proposed path through the copse of trees on the peninsula of land abutting the Barrington Rd near the junction with the A10, to shorten the route round to the main Barrington Road stretch.

However Cambridgeshire County Council Rights of Way officers have not to date given their approval for the proposed modifications and there are some outstanding concerns.

Would pedestrians and cyclists be as safe using the proposed new passageway as they currently are using the Barrington Road gate?
It is not clear how much the project would cost, where the funding would come from, and to what degree the various components indicated on the plan are aspirational.  When asked how long it would take to implement the proposal,which would require a variety of legal permissions and funding streams, the answer was seven years.   We are assured that the gate would not be closed off until the new arrangements are implemented.

Santa awareness ride 2016

Like to dress up and ride your bike? Our second dress up as Santa (or an elf if you wish) and ride around Royston will be on the 10th 0f December

The purpose of the ride is both to highlight the cycle routes around the town and to raise awareness of the need for creating a safe crossing over the A505/A10 junction, which has yet to find a source of funding. This is a particularly nasty junction. We know people are put off travelling this route by bicycle because of this crossing.

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The route will roughly be as shown below but finishing at Royston Heath (where there is a cafe :-))

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Harston scheme approved and other news

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.