St Neots Bridge consultation
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 7th August 2017.
Thank you to all those who took part
The proposed bridge would link the town with the area to the west of the river mirroring the southern bridge.
An independent study has suggested four options.
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.
There are three possible locations as well as a fourth option to consider if the existing bridge in the town centre could be improved.
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.
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.
Improvements could be made to the Town Bridge for cyclists and pedestrians by widening the existing shared use footway.
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.
Find out more and tell us your views by attending an exhibition:
- Wednesday 12 July 2017 - 4pm-8pm - The Priory Centre, Priory Lane, St Neots, PE19 2BH
- Wednesday 26 July 2017 - 9am-5pm - The Priory Centre, Priory Lane, St Neots, PE19 2BH
- Tuesday 1 August 2017 - 4pm-8pm - The Priory Centre, Priory Lane, St Neots, PE19 2BH
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.