Work is starting in early January on a new foot and cycleway along the A1096 in St Ives providing safer routes from the town centre and the busway to business parks.
The new 2.5 metre wide shared-use path will connect Meadow Lane to the traffic light crossing on the A1096 with the Busway. It will provide a much needed safe link from business parks along the A1096 to the Busway and St Ives town centre.
The Â£100,000 path is funded by Cambridgeshire County Council's success in securing Â£5 million from the Department for Transport's Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF). This money is being used to create a programme of measures to make it easier to travel to work or places of study by taking the bus, walking or cycling. Better transport links are vital in helping Cambridgeshire become a greener, healthier place to live, boosting our economy and reducing congestion.
To provide a safe working zone, one lane of the A1096 needs to be closed during construction. This will be controlled by temporary traffic lights. To minimise disruption to traffic on the busy A1096, most of the construction will be carried out overnight between 7pm and 6am. This will mean that the temporary traffic lights are only needed overnight and not during the busier daytime. Throughout the works and especially at night, we will aim to keep noise to a minimum.
Cambridgeshire County Councillor Noel Kavanagh, Cycling Champion, said: "This new link will help connect the already busy Busway cycle routes with the town centre and business parks. Helping people use their bikes or walk is not only good for them but also for the local economy and reduces congestion. We hope by creating a safer route more people will be encouraged to cycle and walk."