‘It will make cycling and walking in the area much safer’ – New cycle path from Shepreth to Melbourn unveiled at opening ceremony

PUBLISHED: 14:02 21 March 2017

Families headed out on the new stretch of path. Picture: Clive Porter

Families headed out on the new stretch of path. Picture: Clive Porter

Clive Porter

Cyclists saddled up to celebrate the opening of the new section of cycle path from Frog End in Shepreth to Melbourn Science Park last week.

Local councilors representatives of Cambridge city and county councils , and school children at the start of the cycleway at Melbourn Science Park. Picture: Clive PorterLocal councilors representatives of Cambridge city and county councils , and school children at the start of the cycleway at Melbourn Science Park. Picture: Clive Porter

There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a 1.5-mile ride along the new path, refreshments were donated by the nearby Wyevale Garden Centre.

The new path is a result for the A10 Corridor Cycle campaigners, who started up in January 2013 in a bid to secure a safe cycle route from Royston to Cambridge. The £500,000 path was delivered by the Cambridge City Deal team.

Board member Ian Bates said: “The project was delivered on time, and on budget and It will make cycling and walking in the area so much safer.

“We are likely to witness more children being able to travel much more safely. The cycle way will become a popular route, particularly as it travels over flat terrain.

“It is all part of the jigsaw being put together across South Cambs. The evidence is that the public want aids to enable them to get to work more safely. Take, for example, the Guided Bus Way, which has been a resounding success. We are very pleased with local reaction”.

The campaigners’ attention now turns to securing funding for a Melbourn to Royston path and bridge over the A505, and they are working closely together with Herts councils and businesses.

For more on the campaign see www.a10corridorcycle.com

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