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£300K for A10 Cycle Path Improvements


Cambridgeshire County Council's bid to the Department for Transport for £300K toward cycling infrastructure in our area has been successful. This is part of a larger £4 million bid for the greater Cambridge area. The A10 portion of the bid was made specifically in response to the A10 Corridor Cycling Campaign initiative and indeed one of the criteria for the grant is a demonstration by the County Council that it is working with community groups. Officially our section of the bid is called 'Cycle Links to Foxton Station' – again meeting various criteria and designed to give us the best chance of success.


The Campaign was asked by the County Council at its June meeting how it would recommend any funding be spent, and to indicate whether it would support a 2 metre wide cycle path or a 2.5 metre standard. The sum of £300K will pay for roughly 1 kilometre of cycle path so it is a case of patiently working the A10 section by section. The consensus was to tackle the worst stretch of the A10 off-road path in the vicinity of Foxton, from Foxton Bottom to the Shepreth Frog End junction, and to go for a 2.5 metre path in order to establish a high standard for the future. One benefit of improving this particular stretch is that it helps to link several villages, including places of work and education. There are many details to be worked out and confirmed but at least this is a very positive first step.


Foxton, Meldreth and Melbourn Parish Councils have all agreed to pay for one set of A10 Corridor Cycling Campaign room hire costs per year, and this seems very fitting in view of the successful bid. A matching request has been made to Shepreth Parish Council.


The A10 Corridor Cycling Campaign meets next on 24th September at 7.00pm for 7.30pm in Foxton Village Hall. All welcome and please do plan on arriving at 7.00pm for a cuppa and to meet others. We are a group of low-key village cyclists and you won’t see much lycra!


Susan van de Ven County Councillor


susanvandeven@yahoo.co.uk (01763) 261833


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