With work already underway to complete the final phase of the Needingworth to Bluntisham Route 12 cycleway, additional work to extend and improve the cycleway further along the A1123 through Bluntisham to Earith will begin on Monday 29 January.
The work will focus on widening the existing footway between the two villages so it can be shared by cyclists and pedestrians and four new pedestrian and cycle islands through Bluntisham to provide new crossing points.
The installation of a new foot and cycle bridge on the Needingworth to Bluntisham Route 12 cycleway, along with additional maintenance and major resurfacing work along the A1123 will be carried out at the same time, to minimise disruption for local residents and commuters.
A total of £1.5 million was allocated to complete these various schemes, funding provided by the Department for Transport. All of the work will take up to 16 weeks.
Most of the work, which starts on Station Road and Rectory Road in Bluntisham, will require temporary traffic lights between 8am and 6pm and will be manually controlled during peak times. At times the traffic lights will need to be in place 24/7 to allow for a temporary replacement footway on the road, but disruption will be kept to a minimum.
Overnight road closures are scheduled from 12 to 23 March between 8.30pm and 6am to complete the major carriageway resurfacing work. Diversions will be signposted and local access maintained wherever possible.
Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chair of the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Mathew Shuter said: “The improved cycleway will bring exciting benefits to the community. It will reduce traffic and promote a healthy lifestyle by encouraging people to cycle and walk.”
Cambridgeshire County Councillor and local member for Somersham and Earith, Councillor Steve Criswell, said: “This scheme has been a long term aspiration for Bluntisham and Earith Parish Councils. It will provide a safer, more attractive pedestrian and cycle route to help local journeys, as well as linking villages along the A1123 between St Ives and Earith.”
Further details on the programme of works will be available on our website visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/bluntisham-earith-cycleway