St Neots Bridge consultation

On 7 December 2017, Cambridgeshire County Council's Environment and Economy Committee agreed the recommendation of Option 2 for the new St Neots foot and cycle bridge.

Please read our latest news article on St Neots Bridge for further information.

Consultation results

The consultation period on possible locations for a new foot and cycle bridge over the Great Ouse in the north of St Neots ended on 7 August 2017. Results of the consultation can be viewed below.

Map with four bridge locations

Background

In 2001, residents were asked for their views on a transport strategy. A southern and northern bridge were supported to improve walking and cycling links for the town. The southern Willow Bridge was opened in 2011, providing a safe, direct and accessible link to encourage more journeys by foot and bike.

Transport strategy for St Neots from 2001

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There are three possible locations as well as a fourth option to consider if the existing bridge in the town centre could be improved.

St Neots North Feasibility Study

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Bridge locations

Option 1

The most northerly crossing location, linking Regatta Meadow to St Anselm Place and making for a direct link from Crosshall Road to the Rowing Club.

Option 2

This location is just north of the Town Bridge, linking Regatta Meadow to Priory Lane and making for a direct link from Crosshall Road to the Priory Centre, Waitrose and the main shopping area.

Option 3

Improvements could be made to the Town Bridge for cyclists and pedestrians by widening the existing shared use footway.

Option 4

This location is just to the south of the Town Bridge, linking Riverside Car Park to River Terrace and the main shopping area.

Costs and funding

Initial cost estimates range from £2 - 4 million depending on the option. 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.

What the bridge could look like

Depending on the location chosen there are a number of different forms that a new bridge could take. A standard bridge of fairly simple design (as per Willow Bridge) or more of an architect designed statement bridge are the main options.

Existing Willow Bridge

Example of a statement bridge

Exhibitions

Thank you to those who attended our summer exhibitions and for providing valuable feedback. 

Drawings

Below are possible options for the form that a bridge could take at each location, though the specific form of the bridge would be subject to a further consultation once the exact bridge location has been determined.

Option 1 - stayed bridge

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Option 1 - arch bridge

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Option 2 - truss bridge

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Option 4 - long truss

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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Back in 2001, we asked for local people's views on a transport strategy. Walking and cycling improvements were felt to be important for a growing town and proposals for both a southern and a northern foot and cycle bridge were supported.

In 2011, the southern bridge 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.

The County Council has now decided to start planning towards the provision of a new northern foot and cycle bridge and an independent study suggests four options for a new northern bridge.

There are four possible locations. The most northerly crossing location links Regatta Meadow to St Anselm Place and makes a direct link from Crosshall Road to the Rowing Club. The second is just north of the Town Bridge, linking Regatta Meadow to Priory Lane and making for a direct link from Crosshall Road to the Priory Centre, Waitrose and the main shopping area. A third option is improving the Town Bridge for cyclists and pedestrians by widening the existing shared use footway. The fourth option is just to the south of the Town Bridge, linking the Riverside Car Park to River Terrace and the main shopping area.

Potentially the whole town could benefit from a new bridge. It could be used by pedestrians, runners, dog walkers, cyclists and people in mobility scooters, giving people more independence and improving public health.  This could help to reduce short journeys being made by car within the town, easing congestion and improve air quality.

Initial cost estimates range from £2-4 million depending on the option.

The bridge would be funded from Section 106 monies which is contributions from developers towards the costs of providing community and social infrastructure as a result of a new development taking place. A number of other capital funding sources are currently being explored.

There is potential for difficult construction access on the east side of the river for one of the options. If the option to widen the current Town Bridge is preferred, there would be restricted access to it whilst construction takes place.

More detailed information will be available about the proposed bridge at three events taking place on:

  • Wednesday 12 July 2017, 4pm-8pm
  • Wednesday 26 July 2017, 9am-5pm
  • Tuesday 1 August 2017, 4pm-8pm

Council officers will be present to answer any questions. 

A survey, further information and drawings are available online: www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/stneotsbridge

Hard copies of the consultation document will be available at St Neots Library, GP surgeries and shops in St Neots.

This depends very much on the option that is chosen. As we move through the consultation and design process, more information will become available.

Depending on the location chosen there are a number of different forms that a new bridge could take. A standard bridge of fairly simple design (as per Willow Bridge) or more of an architect designed statement bridge are the main options. Simply designed bridges tend to seek to blend in with their surroundings, whereas architect designed bridges seek to make a bold statement and have more of a visual impact in their setting. The final design would be subject to a full planning application.

On the basis of construction costs and future maintenance requirements in all cases a new bridge would be made of steel rather than timber or reinforced concrete.

This is the first stage of the public consultation. If the project progresses further then there will be a further opportunity for the public to express views on the preferred option, colour and design.

It is likely that the contract would be let through a framework contract that the County Council has in place with six contractors competing based on cost and quality.  

A survey, further information and drawings are available online: www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/stneotsbridge 

It will be a public footbridge for cyclists and pedestrians.

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01223 699 069
Post: Transport Delivery, SH1311, Shire Hall, Cambridge, CB3 0AP

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