We’re delighted to announce that our annual family friendly A10 Awareness Ride will take place on Sunday October 3rd, setting off from Trumpington Park and Ride at 10:30AM and heading to Phillimore Garden Centre in Melbourn for refreshments.
The ride will stick to the existing path and there will be a chance to learn about improvements to come with the Melbourn Greenway scheme.
If you’d like to volunteer to help as a marshal or with refreshments, please let us know.
We’ll be holding our next meeting, which will also be our AGM, on January 18, 7:30-8:30PM – this will be by Zoom, and we’ll send a link nearer the time. If you wish to be sent a link, contact us and we’ll send a link through closer to the time.
We have received the following reply to the thank you notes from AstraZeneca:
Thank you Susan, this is lovely. Makes it all worthwhile. The A10cycle campaign is a great case study on how to progress complex projects by always maintaining positive relationships with all stakeholders, despite the challenges.
Best wishes Andy
Many thanks to all who wrote in.
We’ve some great notes from members of the cycle campaign thanking AstraZeneca for the exceptional support they have shown to the campaign. Here is a selection below:
From all at the A10 Corridor Cycling Campaign
Your help with maintenance for the A10 path has been invaluable especially during the Pandemic. The path has been very well maintained and as a result there has been a dramatic increase in usage over the last year. It is normal to meet cyclists, children, walkers, runners, mobility aids, dogs and even a horse. Thank you for allowing us use of your conference room. It has been a really good relationship. Many thanks. Mike
The path has made such a difference to my cycling into and out of Cambridge and also improved my running routes that head in that direction. The maintenance has allowed for the distancing needed over the last9 months too. Thanks AstraZeneca, David Melbourn
Thank you for your support in helping maintain this – it is truly appreciated Rupert
I work in a company on the same site in Babraham Research Campus where AZ has a facility. The regions close to AZ sites all have great cycle paths with the most dangerous part of my route being within 1 mile of Royston. Thank you AZ for supporting safe sustainable and healthy cycle routes to work for the scientific community that have to travel from Royston Joe
Dear AstraZeneca, Thank you for your generous contribution to maintain the A10 bike path. I have used it regularly to commute to Cambridge in any weather, to go shopping, and — during lockdown -also for family cycling and inline skating with the kids. Having the path fully functional has greatly improved life in Meldreth. Adam
Having this path maintained makes a huge difference especially at night. In addition to general commuters the path does provide an almost entirely off-road route between the AZ sites in Melbourn Science park and Academy/City House beside Cambridge station. Neil As a year-round commuter along the A10 path, that on the dark winter nights with car headlights reducing visibility, having the path at its full width, cleared of debris and overhanging branches, enables the path to be a real all round serious proposition for commuting. It allows us to pass other users without having to get too close and generally makes it a safer place to be for all types of users. Many thanks for the huge contribution you have made. Ian
Thank you AstraZeneca, for your fantastic support for the A10 Corridor cycling campaign over the past few years. Particular thanks for providing a maintenance grant to help us keep the path free from vegetation. Having a cycle path is one thing; having one that is maintained so you can use the full width is quite another and it has been a real boon to me as a walker, runner and cyclist. And in all those modes, I can use the path safely alongside other users, because there is room for all of us to use the path without being too close to one another – so important at this time. In short, you have contributed significantly to a major improvement to many people’s lives. Thank you! From a grateful Melbourn resident
We’ve been uniquely lucky to have AstraZeneca’s support in keeping the A10 path clear for safe cycling all year round. The arrangement has given us some good ideas for a sustainable long-term maintenance plan which we hope can be replicated in other parts of South Cambs as well. Thank you for all the work behind the scenes to make this happen, and indeed for your support from the very beginning. we’ve been very lucky to have you in Melbourn! Many thanks, Susan Chair, A10 Corridor Cycling Campaign
We cycle the A10 path regularly for shopping trips, doctor/dentist visits in Cambridge and often just for exercise! It is a joy to ride this path (especially at night) knowing it is clear of brambles and low branches. Thank you, AstraZeneca, for providing such tangible and practical support that directly benefits local people! Ron and Julie Foxton
I have been very grateful for the verge maintenance on the A10 cycle path between Royston and Melbourn over the last few years. Particularly in the dark the brambles and long grass became hazardous as they grew over the narrow path. My commute has changed and so I use the path much less frequently now, but I certainly did appreciate the maintenance on a daily basis. Best regards, Ann
I’m writing to thank you for your support for the A10 cycle path over the past few years – both for your political support through the GCP and for AZ’s direct contribution to path maintenance. Having the support of such a prominent business has really helped make the case for further investment in “active travel”by the local authorities. It has made a lasting contribution to the local community, for which we are verygrateful. We look forward to continuing to work with you and the AstraZeneca Cambridge team in the coming years. Yours sincerely, Mike Vice Chair, A10 Corridor Cycling Campaign
Thank you for funding the A10 Cycle Path maintenance. I am a regular commuter into Cambridge and see how quickly branches grow over the path making it more difficult to ride. I see many riders coming the other way during my commute and having full width of the path allows us to pass safely without having to stop all the time. I’m sure that without regular maintenance the path would become overgrown and less used meaning fewer cycists and more cars on the road.
Ron and Terry met in the rain with their secateurs at the brambles on the cycle path near Sagentia Harston. They cut back a big swathe, resulting in a wider path at that point – and exposed a lost solar stud.
Earlier, the vegetation maintenance group met to review the current state of play. Here are our notes:AstraZeneca’s temporary £5k maintenance grant comes to an end at the close of this calendar year, as expected. Recognizing that County Highways does no more routine maintenance than cut the verge twice per year, action is needed to ensure a decent level of path maintenance.Susan would inquire about attending the forthcoming Greater Cambridge Partnership meeting to raise the subject of a Greenway vegetation maintenance plan for the A10.Ron had created a list of maintenance jobs for Herts and Cambs Grounds Maintenance (our contractor for the duration of AZ grant funding) and would liaise with them to agree on details, timing and reporting back of any problems.
Meeting on the path with secateurs’:We would call for any volunteers willing to help cut back vegetation by hand. This should be an easy and effective activity to conduct on an occasional basis (and can be done one-legged as demonstrated by Ron!).
We’re delighted to report that the Melbourn Greenway scheme was approved by the Greater Cambridge Partnership Board meeting on 25 June. This is a big step forward in providing improvements right along our route, which we’ll explain in more detail below. Importantly, it means that the local authorities will start the detailed design and land acquisition process for these improvements, including a new path and bridge between Royston and Melbourn. Pleasingly, all three of the decision-makers spoke in favour of the Royston connection – there is real political support to make this happen, and is a real vindication of our long campaign to get it built!
The scheme is currently specified only in outline, but includes the following improvements (starting at the Royston end):
– A bridge from Royston over the A505 (in cooperation with Hertfordshire County Council)
– A new path along the east side of the A10 (opposite side to the existing path) linking the new bridge with Melbourn village
– Changes to Melbourn village centre including a 20mph speed limit, on-road cycle lanes and improvements to junctions
– Improvements in Foxton and Shepreth, linking both villages to the existing A10 path, and reducing the speed limit in Foxton to 20mph.
– Improvements at Foxton Level Crossing, with a new 30mph speed limit (reduced from the present 50mph), narrowing the road and providing a cycle lane over the main crossing as well as retaining the existing wicket gates
– A new path through the fields around Harston, allowing cyclists to avoid the village centre – this will start from Church End and rejoin the existing path at Rectory Farm in Hauxton. A connection to Haslingfield is also planned as part of a later scheme.
– The existing narrow path north of Harston will be widened to 3m
– The route through the Trumpington Meadows Country park will be revised and straightened as part of plans to build a park-and-ride site (“Hauxton Travel Hub”) between the A10 and M11. This will include a new foot/cycle bridge over the M11 adjacent to the existing concrete farm bridge.
So, what happens now? Council officers will begin the process of getting to a detailed design, which will include appointing consultants to do the design work and briefing them on what is wanted. The design process is forecast to take about two years. There will then need to be a further authorisation by the Board to construct the scheme, and planning permission will be needed for several aspects. There is still campaign work for us to do to ensure that the scheme gets built in a way that gives maximum benefit to the local community. The scheme is due for completion before 2025, but we hope that at least some of it will be done before then!
The importance of the A505 bridge was highlighted by each member of the Board, and support and financial contributions from Royston and Melbourn businesses toward the bridge were specifically cited as evidence of the strong demand for cycle to work in a cross-county border setting.
As county councillors, Fiona Hill and Steve Jarvis in Herts and Susan van de Ven in Cambs, together with their respective officers, are working closely together on vital cross-county collaboration for next steps.
At the same meeting, the Board also approved plans to construct a station car park for Foxton station (branded as “Foxton Travel Hub”). We will be liaising directly with GCP officers to try and get the best possible design – especially where the A10 cycle path meets access points for Foxton and Hauxton Travel Hubs.
Timescales may seem slow but we believe this to be a milestone decision for very significant improvements to the Royston-Cambridge cycle link.
The First Orwell Scouts Group have been litter picking around the A10 cycle path today, in the rain – they’ve cleared the whole stretch from Foxton Level Crossing to Fowlmere Road. And want to do it again next year! Many thanks to all.
Every person in a household is entitled to their own response. Most particularly it is hoped that children and young people will be encouraged to respond and be counted – because improvements to walking and cycling and getting around independently will be of particular benefit to them.
Funding for Greenway schemes comes not from councils but is earmarked Government funding for infrastructure development, passed down to our area via the Greater Cambridge Partnership, which is comprised of elected council representatives.
Indeed, it is thanks to Junior Travel Ambassadors at Meldreth Primary School and students at Melbourn Village College who have been along to make the case at meetings of the Greater Cambridge Partnership that the link to Royston is now being considered as part of the overall Cambridge-Royston scheme.
There are very few funding opportunities for infrastructure straddling a county border, and so this scheme holds special potential for a path on the eastern side of the A10 and a bridge over the A505 to Royston.
For children and young people, the route would feed into an existing Sustrans cycle network in Royston, leading to the Royston Leisure Centre, and to the amazing walk/cycle/scooter underpass at Coombes Hole that leads to the BMX track facility. For Melbourn Village College students coming from Royston, the two-mile link would mean the chance to travel independently to college. And of course, for mums and dads living and working on either side of the county border, a safe link to work.
The Melbourn Greenway scheme is one of 12 schemes radiating out from Cambridge and these will be prioritized at the Greater Cambridge Partnership meeting on December 12.
So if you haven’t responded please do so!
We’ve had the following mail from Cycle September. A few of you may remember it from a few years ago, and it’s back:
Cycle September is coming to Cambridge and we’d like to invite you all to take part.
It’s a fun, free competition to see which workplace can get the most staff to try cycling. There are loads of prizes that you can win by riding and encouraging friends and colleagues to do the same.
Love to Ride is based on a proven model that has engaged over 400,000 participants with significant long-term increases in cycling participation. However, for the programme to be a success we need regular cyclists to spread the word and help enlist their workplaces.
By taking part, you can also generate useful data that makes things better for cyclists in Cambridge. Register your workplace and you will also have the bonus of being able to show your employers the number of cyclists, which is useful in getting better facilities for those that ride, such as storage and shower.