Consultation continues on draft proposals for a new bridge over the river Cam between Abbey and Chesterton.

As part of the planned growth in Cambridge City, Cambridgeshire County Council is considering creating a new foot and cycle bridge to link Abbey and Chesterton wards. This will provide an alternative route to get to the Science and Business Parks as well as the new railway station.

An initial consultation was held in Summer 2014 following which Council Officers have been working with a group of local stakeholders to look at how this scheme may be successfully delivered. 

The next of these stakeholder events is due to be held on the 25 February at Barnwell Baptist Church at 6pm and is open to the public. The event will comprise of a series of short presentations followed by some breakout sessions where there will be an opportunity to ask Project Officers questions.

County Councillor Ian Manning, who represents East Chesterton ward said: "We need to make it as easy as possible to get from A to B in Cambridge, without having to rely on private cars: this new bridge will provide a vital link from the Newmarket Road area to the new station, and crucially will lessen the chances of East Chesterton being clogged up with commuter parking.

"This will be a pedestrian and cycle bridge, and is especially vital for less mobile residents, for whom getting to the new station via the Green Dragon bridge could add significantly to their journey to the station."

"My amendment last year has ensured residents will be further consulted, and the ideas developed with the community, and I'm looking forward to letting residents feedback directly to the architect we'll be using."

County Councillor Joan Whitehead, who represents Abbey ward said: "The bridge is a potentially significant new piece of infrastructure in our area. I urge people to go along and have their say on proposals and participate in the consultation process."

Councillor Ian Bates, Chairman of the County Council's Economy and Environment Committee said: "As more companies choose to locate their businesses in Cambridge careful consideration needs to be given to how we manage travel for commuters in a sustainable way. A new bridge linking the communities of Abbey and Chesterton will not only help to reduce traffic through busy parts of Cambridge, but will also benefit those wanting to reach employment and training opportunities across the river. We also need links like this in place to ensure as many people as possible, of all abilities, can travel to and from the new Science Park Station and access destinations beyond Cambridge."

Councillor Noel Kavanagh, County Cycling Champion said:  "I wholeheartedly support this scheme to provide alternative routes to allow cyclists easy and quick access to their destinations."

A bridge is anticipated to cost over £4m and will be paid for by funds from the Department for Transport's Cycle City Ambition, developer contributions and City Deal monies

For more information please see www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/newbridge or contact the County Council's Transport Delivery Team on [email protected] or 01223 699906.

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