Campaigners boosted by cycling grant for path connecting Royston and Melbourn
08:31 17 July 2014
A £1million grant will help create a new cycle route along the A10 between Royston and Melbourn, while a new ‘cycling super-highway’ for the area could be in the pipeline.
Melbourn county councillor Susan van de Ven, from the A10 Corridor Cycling campaign, said: “We are delighted that Cambridgeshire County Council has been successful in its application to fund an off-road connection between Melbourn and Royston that will ensure pedestrians and cyclists can make this short journey safely.
“The regular flow of people over this one mile distance, whether for work, training, shopping or social reasons, has long demanded a natural route that allows people to move under their own steam. It will be particularly useful for apprentices, who receive a low wage and can’t afford other means of transport.”
Mario Tese, who cycles from Royston to work in Melbourn every day, said: “The dream has become a reality with this grant. Susan van de Ven has pulled everything together for this to happen.
“This is for the benefit of all bicycle users. This is not just about cycling, it is about a way of life as I use the route every day. I think the next step is for the council is to put a bridge over the A505 to help cyclists and pedestrians.”
Meanwhile, the county council is set to discuss plans for the £6.4million ‘super highway’, which would connect Royston and Cambridge.
A bid document, put together by the council, explains that the highway would run separately to the A10, and provide links to Foxton, Meldreth and Shepreth railway stations, as well as the Melbourn science park.
Funding would come from the £100 million city deal, government money which has been earmarked for spending in the greater Cambridge area between 2016-2018.