Residents are being asked to have their say on £1.2 million plans to encourage cycling along the A10 at Harston following improvements made to proposals by the community.

At the end of last year residents made suggestions to improve proposals which included widening of the path to three metres, junction safety improvements and crossing points along the A10 through Harston.

The project is part of a wider scheme to link Royston to Cambridge with a safe cycling and walking route. The Harston initiative is at the final stage of consultation and now Cambridgeshire County Council want to hear people's views on the scheme which includes the changes proposed by residents.

A number of cycling initiatives, including this one, are being delivered by Cambridgeshire County after the authority successfully secured £10.1 million from the Department for Transport's Cycle City Ambition Fund.

This scheme aims to provide separate cycle lanes on the main roads into Cambridge and to create good quality cycle links to employment areas in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire.

Some of the improvements to the scheme include:
"¢ A controlled pedestrian crossing between Church Street and Station Road.
"¢ "˜Keep Clear' markings on the Cambridge bound side of High Street (Church Street junction) to help the traffic flow of cars turning right.
"¢ Additional parking bays will be provided near the village store to compensate for the removal of the lay-by on the Cambridge bound side of the road.
"¢ A pedestrian phase will be added to the traffic lights on the junction of London Road.

The consultation runs until 27 June, and a local exhibition will be held at Harston Village Hall, 20 High Street, Harston, Cambridge, CB22 7PX More information and detailed drawings can be found at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/a10-Harston

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Gail Kenney, Local Member for Sawston, said: "It is good to have a safe cycle route along the A10. Many residents like to cycle to work and do not because they feel unsafe."

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Tony Orgee, also Local Member for Sawston, said: "I am pleased that the County Council has listened to responses to the first consultation, including comments by myself and Councillor Kenney, and have made changes to the original proposals. I would encourage local residents to view the revised proposals "“ on the Council's website and/or at the exhibition to be held at Harston Village Hall "“ and to make their local views known."

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Ian Bates, Chairman of Economy and Environment Committee, said: "Cambridgeshire and Cambridge in particular, is seen as a UK leader increasing and encouraging cycling. The authority has worked hard with partners to secure the £10.1 million funding to encourage more people to get on their bikes. We are working hard with local councillors and campaign groups to link Royston to Cambridge with a safe cycling and walking route. This will make it easier for people to get to jobs, school and other forms of transport. We have listened to what people have said in the earlier consultation and now want people's views on the changes we have made."

 

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