Third verge seeding volunteer group pictures

We’ve had the third and final seeding session of the verge along the Melbourn – Shepreth path. Around 100 different people came to help over the three sessions. A huge thank you to all who helped.

Path seeding update. What’s been planted and more help needed.

People have been asked what’s been planted along the verges of the new walk/cycle path connecting Melbourn and Shepreth.  Here’s the mix.
(Next working party will meet on 26 March, 1:30-3:30, at the Shepreth End of the path. Please bring a rake if you can!)
Plantago lanceolate (ribwort plantain)
Lotus corniculatus (bird’s foot trefoil
Galium verum (lady’s bedstraw)
Echium vulgare (viper’s bugloss)
Daucus carota (wild carrot)
Anthyllis vulneraria (kidney vetch)
Trifolium pratense (red clover) 100g
Trifolium arvense (hares foot clover)
Leucanthemum vulgare (oxeye daisy)
Prunella vulgaris (self heal)
Leontodon autumnalis (autumn hawkbit)
Leontodon hispidus (rough hawkbit)
Centaurea nigra (common knapweed)
Geranium pratense (meadow cranesbill)
Ranunculus acris (meadow buttercup)
Linaria vulgaris (common toadflax)
Onobrychis viciifolia (sainfoin)
Origanum vulgare (wild marjoram)
Silene vulgaris (bladder campion)
Knautia arvensis (field scabious)
Rumex acetosa (sorrel)
Many thanks again to the TTP Group for their generous donation, Skanska for the high viz vests, and Manit for kids’ rakes.

Frogend Melbourn path now officially open

We are delighted to see this new section of path open. The final surface has now been laid and is fully open for business. We hope you enjoy cycling, scooting, running etc. on this new section.

The path connects the A10 at near Shepreth and goes to Melbourn Science Park.

See the pictures for the main entry points from the A10


Island near Shepreth to cross A10


From island down Dunsbridge Turnpike


Dunsbridge Turnpike exits at the garden centre


Straight on to Melbourn

Some more pictures of the path opening ceremony (many thanks to Clive Porter for taking them)


Planting wildflowers along the new Shepreth-Melbourn path

We’ve received a generous grant from TTP Group at Melbourn Science Park to purchase a large quantity of specialist wildflower seed mix, for planting along the verges of the new path. This will enhance biodiversity and look nice, too.

We need a small army of volunteers to plant the seeds. Can you help? This will involve light raking of the soil and then old fashioned scattering of the wildflower seed by hand.

If so, please come along on any or all of these dates – we’ll have groups working from the Shepreth and Melbourn ends of the path, working toward the middle.

Sunday March 19 or 26, Monday April 3 – all from 1:30-3:30PM.

And please bring a rake if you have one.

If you can make it, you can let us know via the contact page or just come along.

Invitation to the opening of the Frogend – Melbourn section of the Cambridge to Royston path

We have received a general invitation from the Greater Cambridge City Deal Team to attend the opening Ceremony of the A10 Melbourn to Frogend section of the Cambridge to Royston Cycleway taking place on Wednesday 15 March, between 10.30am and 12.10pm.

To celebrate the opening we will be holding a 1.5 mile led cycle ride and walk along the new path from Melbourn Community Hub to Wyevale Garden Centre. If you wish to join the excursion, please meet at the Melbourn Community Hub at 10.30am.

If you cannot attend the cycle ride or walk, please note you are still very welcome to come along to the ribbon cutting, which will commence at 11.30am on the new dual use path outside Wyevale Garden Centre. The ribbon cutting will be followed by refreshments, which are kindly being donated by the Garden Centre.

It would be great to see as many as possible. This is going to be a great community resource making active travel and recreation possible for so many more. The opening ceremony will help us to publicise this new travel option and keeps the area in focus with the Southern end of the path to Royston as yet to find funding.

Awareness ride date and a survery

Awareness Ride:
A date for your diary. Our annual awareness ride is set for the 7th of May. We traditionally start at Trumpington P and R at 10AM. Further detail will be posted closer to the time. The ride not only lets us highlight the current shortcomings in the path, it also allows us to highlight and raise public awareness of the works that are complete. It will go good to see as many people as possible.
Cambs CC survey
Cambs CC would like as many respondents as they can get to the following survey. This survey aims to gather Cambridgeshire residents’ views on the A10 Cambridge to Royston Cycle Link and the process of its implementation. Your answers will be used to help them evaluate the success of the A10 Cycle Link as a scheme and to inform how they design, and deliver, cycle infrastructure in the future.
The survey can be found here:

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:


and more information can be seen here:


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.