A new foot and cycle bridge will be located to the north of the Town Bridge offering a safer, traffic-free crossing of the Great Ouse. This will provide a link from Regatta Meadow to the west, and Priory Lane to the east.
From 2 July until 10 August 2018, we held a public consultation to decide how this bridge will look. View the consultation details.
In 2001, residents were asked for their views on the St Neots Market Town Transport Strategy. Walking and cycling improvements were felt to be important for a growing town and proposals for both a southern and northern foot and cycle bridge were supported. The southern Willow Bridge was opened in 2011, providing a safe, direct and accessible link to encourage more journeys by foot and bike.
In 2017, a public consultation was held asking St Neots residents to have their say if they supported the northern foot and cycle bridge project as a whole and which bridge location they prefer. There were 1,079 respondents, with 76.7% supporting the project and 60.6% preferring the final location shown. This was approved by Cambridgeshire County Council’s Economy and Environment Committee in December 2017.
In August 2018, we held a public consultation on three possible designs for the new bridge to see which would be the preferred by local residents. Results of this consultation will be discussed at the Economy and Environment Committee on 15 November 2018.
This project is part of the wider Masterplan for St Neots, which is in partnership with the Combined Authority, Huntingdonshire District Council and St Neots Town Council. It brings forward £5.8 million of investment and initiatives to St. Neots to pave the way for accelerated growth.
What could the new bridge look like?
Detailed architects report
Thank you to everyone who responded to our consultation about the look of the new bridge. The results of this consultation and a decision on the final bridge design will be agreed at the next Economy and Environment Committee on 15 November 2018. More information about the consultation can be found below.
Costs and funding
Initial cost estimates for the three bridge design options are around £4 million each. The bridge is to be funded by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and Section 106 developer contributions.
After consultation, we will be seeking approval for a bridge design option from Cambridgeshire County Council’s Economy and Environment Committee in November 2018. Following committee decision the planning processes would then commence in early 2019. The current programme indicates that construction could start late 2020.
All bridge options are estimated to take around 8/10 months to build.