Campaign for safer Royston cycling passage along A10 gathers momentum

Cllr Susan van de Ven and Cllr Jose Hales and campaigners at the junction of Royston Road, Melbourn and the A10 Cllr Susan van de Ven and Cllr Jose Hales and campaigners at the junction of Royston Road, Melbourn and the A10

Friday, April 11, 2014
8:31 AM

The campaign for a safer cycling passage along the A10 is gathering momentum.

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The A10 corridor cycling campaign hosted a meeting last week at the Melbourn Community Hub to showcase a feasibility study which would connect Royston with nearby villages that line the A10 corridor such as Melbourn, Meldreth and Foxton.

The study has been compiled by SUSTRANS through lottery funding after the sustainable transport charity recognised the need for improved cycle links getting in and out of Royston

The report has concluded that building a bridge over the A505 is the only safe way of creating access for pedestrians and cyclists without impacting on an extremely active dual carriageway.

Following the meeting, cyclists who back the scheme met at the junction of Royston Road in Melbourn and the A10 yesterday (Wednesday) to promote their campaign.

Cambridgeshire county councillor Susan van de Ven, who represents the villages of Melbourn, Meldreth and Foxton, said: “Cambridgeshire County Council is looking ever more intently at trying to persuade people not to travel by car and to prevent increases in vehicle traffic along routes into Cambridge – which already suffer from near-gridlock on a frequent basis.

“There is particular interest in transforming the A10 corridor between Royston and Cambridge because it lends itself so well to cycling. Distances are relatively short – for example, only one mile separates Royston Road in Melbourn and the A505 roundabout. We hope very much to see a safe cycle route in the near future.”

The work would follow improvements made by Cambridgeshire County Council to the existing pathway between Frog End and Foxton.

Hertfordshire County Council representatives Tony Hunter and Fiona Hill also updated the group on the continued funding bids for a crossing that are being submitted on the campaign’s behalf.

Cllr Hill said: “There are a two possible sources of funding that are available to us at the minute. The Local Enterprise Partnership and the Local Sustainable Transport Fund are both funds that we are actively pursuing but unfortunately we have to compete against numerous other worthy projects around the county.”

The A10 corridor cycling campaign group is taking part in its second annual awareness ride on Sunday, May 18, with rides commencing simultaneously from both Royston Heath and Trumpington Park and Ride on the outskirts of Cambridge at 10am.

The cyclists will then join together at Phillimore Garden Centre in Royston for refreshments at around 11.15am.

For more information about the campaign or the upcoming awareness ride visit www.a10corridorcycle.com

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