St Neots set for its own tale of four bridges with proposals for a new northern foot and cycle bridge
The public are being asked to have their say on proposals for a new northern foot and cycle bridge in St Neots. Cambridgeshire County Council is launching a public consultation today (Monday, June 26) to ask people their views on four possible locations of the bridge which would be built over the River Ouse.
A consultation in 2001, found walking and cycling improvements were felt to be important for a growing town and there was overwhelming support (75%) for both a southern and a northern foot and cycle bridge.
In 2011 Willow Bridge was opened providing a safe, direct link in the southern part of the town to encourage more journeys by foot and bike, as well as opening up a new route for runners, dog walkers and mobility scooter users.
An independent study has suggested four options for a new northern bridge, which would link the town with the area to the west of the river mirroring the southern bridge. The Council want residents views on three possible locations as well as a fourth option to consider how the existing road bridge in the town centre might be improved to provide more space for walking and cycling.
Cllr Ian Bates, chairman of the County Council’s Economy and Environment committee, said: “We are keen to hear the public’s views on these proposals which will encourage more walking and cycling, reduce air pollution, traffic congestion and improve the health and fitness of the local population. As St Neots is entirely split by a large water way, those in the north of the town wishing to travel across the river currently have to use the road bridge in the south of the town or via a bypass.
“A new northern foot and cycle bridge will improve connectivity and transport options for those living in the town and provide a safe, direct and accessible link for those in the north, encouraging more journeys by foot and bike. Let us know your views on these exciting proposals for St Neots by filling out a survey, or find out more by coming along to one of our consultation events.”
If plans are approved, the bridge is likely to be funded from Section 106 money secured against new housing developments, along with other capital funding sources that will be pursued if the project progresses further.
Six times World Champion and Olympic swimmer Mark Foster, a former resident of St Neots of 20 years, said: “I am fully supporting proposals for a new northern foot and cycle bridge. It will encourage more people to get out of their cars and use greener forms of transport like cycling and walking, which can only be a good thing for the general health of the population.”
Find out more about and give your views by attending an exhibition:
Wednesday, July 12 / 4pm-8pm / The Priory Centre, Priory Lane, St Neots, PE19 2BH
Wednesday, July 26 / 9am-5pm / The Priory Centre, Priory Lane, St Neots, PE19 2BH
Tuesday, August 1 / 4-8pm/ The Priory Centre, Priory Lane, St Neots, PE19 2BH
Or come and see us at these events:
Saturday, July 1 / 12-6pm / St Neots Armed Forces Day Gala, Crosshall Road, Eaton Ford, St Neots
Saturday, July 22 / 10-4pm St Neots Regatta, Regatta Meadow, St Neots.
Hard copies of the consultation document will be available at St Neots library and local GP surgeries or for more information and to fill out a survey online, visit our website: www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/stneotsbridge
If you would like a copy of the text in this leaflet in large print, Braille, audio tape or in another language, please call 01223 699906.
The deadline for completed questionnaires is Monday, August 7, 2017.