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 opened in 2011, providing a safe, direct and accessible link to encourage more journeys by foot and bicycle.
In 2017 and 2018, we conducted public consultations asking St Neots residents to have their say on:
- If they supported the project
- The preferred location of a bridge
- Possible designs for a bridge
Based on results, it was decided to locate the new foot and cycle bridge to the north of the Town Bridge in St Neots. It will provide a link from Regatta Meadow to the west and Priory Lane to the east. The chosen design is a suspension bridge.
This project is part of the wider masterplan for St Neots, which is in partnership with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, Huntingdonshire District Counci 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.
Current stage of project
Since March 2019, the county council has been working with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) on the next phase of the St Neots foot and cycle bridge, which has seen the design developed further in preparation for the submission of a planning application for the new bridge.
On 28 February 2020, a report went to the CPCA's Transport Committee on the St Neots foot and cycle bridge, seeking recommendation from the Transport and Infrastructure Committee to the Combined Authority Board that the scheme should not proceed as it no longer meets the requirements for Value for Money set out in the CPCA's Assurance Framework.
The project no longer offers value for money and, as this is a joint scheme with CPCA, following the Transport and Infrastructure Committee, we will now take this back to the county council's Economy and Environment Committee to consider the options available.
Design images and maps, as well as the architect report, are available to view below.