Councillors have welcomed a Â£1 million Government transport boost aimed at delivering smarter travel measures â€“ including helping to develop a cycling superhighway between Cambridge to Royston.
The money was given to Cambridgeshire County Council as part of the â€˜Getting Cambridgeshire to Workâ€™ programme â€“ with emphasis on the A10 south, A428 and Wisbech travel areas.
The aim is to get more people out of their cars and using healthy active forms of travel. The money was bid for as part of the Governmentâ€™s Local Sustainable Transport Fund and will support aims of developing a cycling superhighway connecting Cambridge to Royston a Â£6.4 million cycle scheme.
The money will be used to develop the cycling scheme which will not only help people ride their bikes but also provide pedestrian links.
Money to build the scheme is hoped to be delivered through the City Deal which was recently signed by Cambridgeshire County Council and its partners.
The cycleway would include the existing route between Frog End in Shepreth and Foxton Bottom, and the planned route between Hauxton and the Trumpington Park and Ride site.
It would be mainly segregated from the A10 and link to other destinations and the cycling network.
This would include links from Barrington to Foxton railway station, and from Fowlmere to Shepreth station. There would be links around Meldreth connecting to the villageâ€™s station, as well as a series of routes in Melbourn, particularly joining up the villageâ€™s science park.
The move is part of Cambridgeshire County Councilâ€™s commitment to get more people on their bikes which helps reduce congestion, boosts the economy and improves health.
Cambridgeshire County Councillor Susan van de Ven, Chairman of the A10 Corridor Cycling Campaign, said: â€œWe are delighted that Cambridgeshire County Council has been successful in its application to fund an off road connection between Melbourn and Royston that will ensure pedestrians and cyclists can make this short journey safely. The regular flow of people over this one mile distance, whether for work, training, shopping or social reasons, has long demanded a natural route that allows people to move on their own steam. Our campaign has worked hard to promote the idea that an administrative boundary should not be neglected and this is a great move in the right direction. We should thank all the local businesses that actively helped to support the funding bid, on the basis that this is a journey undertaken by their own employees. Thanks also to Sustrans and the Cambridgeshire County Council officers who pulled it all together.â€
Cambridgeshire County Councillor Ian Bates, Chairman of Economy and Environment Committee, said: â€œWhile the money is very welcome, we always want more to help deliver the much needed projects to manage the growth in Cambridgeshire. This scheme is part of our transport strategy to get more people cycling by providing the right facilities and links. More people cycling means less congestion, boosts the economy and improves health.â€
The Â£1 million funding will be available in 2015/16 and will enable smarter travel to be embedded in Cambridgeshire communities and areas where growth is planned. It will compliment work planned through City Deal and Growth Deal to provide a more comprehensive network for walking, cycling and public transport, and ensure efficient and reliable access to key destinations for employment and services.