Many thanks to Royston Town Council for their strong support toward this project. They join the business community and Hertfordshire County Council in pledging financial support to a collaborative funding package for a pedestrian/cyclist bridge over the A505 – to be met by a new path along the eastern side of the A10, running all the way to Melbourn. It is widely recognized that this link would be transformative for people moving about on foot, in mobility scooters and on bicycles. There is still more work to be done – please contact us if you’d like to be involved.
A Melbourn-Royston walk and cycle link would complete the overall Cambridge-Royston scheme first envisioned by the Greater Cambridge City Deal – transforming home to work commutes within this compact area characterised by employment centres, house building and traffic congestion. Royston Town Council meets this evening to consider a request to support the link. More information on our Melbourn Royston page.
Our letter to Royston Town Council’s Finance Committee, requesting financial support for the bridge over the A505, will be discussed by the Finance Committee on Monday evening 25 September. The agenda is here:
This will be an important meeting, and it is open to the public. Please show your support by attending, if you can. Any questions, please feel free to get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For on overview of the letter and the ongoing Royston work, please see our dedicated Royston page.
We have received confirmation that the Harston path works will require temporary traffic signals to be in place until the 1st September end of the school holidays between 8AM and 5PM. After September 1st, the temporary lights will be in operation between 9.30AM and 3.30PM.
The work is expected to take 18 weeks, NOT 18 months as recently reported. We appreciate this is still a long time for many and thank you for your patience. With the surrounding country lanes having becoming extremely busy and fast at commuting times, this path is rapidly becoming the only serious option for many who want or need to cycle.
We have received communication from Cambs CC about the Harston works. As we understand it, the work will not happen during the rush hour, so both carriageways should be open as usual at those times to motor vehicles. The schedule, which may still be subject to change, is detailed in following correspondence:
“Improvements to the shared use footway on the west side of High Street are planned to start on Monday 7th August 2017 with a planned duration of 20 weeks. The extent of work is between Harston Mill and London Road. Work will start at the southern end of the village and then proceed north to London Road.
During work we will need to use traffic management in the carriageway via two way temporary traffic lights. We are expecting there to be delays in the area so please seek alternative routes or plan ahead for your journey. The footway will need to be closed in sections to allow for construction. Pedestrians and cyclists will be diverted to the footway on the opposite side via signal controlled crossings. We would ask that all users follow signage as required.
We will be placing ‘Business Open As Usual’ signs ahead of the road works. If you can think of anything else we can do to assist please let us know.
There will be a Pre-Construction Event on Tuesday 1st August at 4pm in The Village Hall. This will include a presentation of the scheme and will give you the chance to ask any questions you may have.”
Ely Cycle Campaign have posted a great video of the new cycle underpass leading to Ely Leisure Village. It’s a great example to how this infrastructure should go in at the time of building. It’s exactly the sort of infrastructure we need at Royston around the dual carriageway of the A505/A10 intersection where it’s simple shocking that it could have been built without a bridge of proper crossing in the first place, so people now have to campaign to see a proper job done. We have for too many examples of developments such as the CB1 development around Cambridge Station where through cycling has been deliberately excluded, the information was there, it was a choice to exclude it. We need to do it properly in the first place.
Thank you so much to dhimages for sharing your wonderful photos. Click on the images to expand.
Our annual Awareness Ride is not too far away now. This is the big fun one where we get out of the meeting rooms, ride our bikes and have a social on top of the more serious points.
With a major new section of path opened recently, this ride helps us spread the word that the area is now far more cycle friendly.
A poster for this ride can be viewed or downloaded here if you wish to print one for notice boards etc.
This route forms a great part of the Cambridgeshire greenways plan. We’d love to see this extended from Melbourn to Royston, which is one of our key goals. It is with great sadness that we had to abandon the Royston leg of the ride as the conditions are so poor there that no one in their right mind would organise it.
Camcycle as a great article on the greenways plan which you can read here
The greenways plan map