Rethink needed on underpass

I would like to thank Nigel Brigham of Sustrans (Crow February 4) for his public intervention in the underpass and cycle track debate. Most people can see that somebody has made a mountain out of a molehill in Coombes Hole and it is already costing us a l

I would like to thank Nigel Brigham of Sustrans (Crow February 4) for his public intervention in the underpass and cycle track debate.

Most people can see that somebody has made a mountain out of a molehill in Coombes Hole and it is already costing us a lot of money and will cost us a lot more if it goes ahead.

The county council for consultation have now lumped together Coombes Hole, Melbourn Road crossing and a network of cycle tracks as one project.

They want us to comment on a take it or leave it basis by February 19, but have not made the costs involved public.


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We know already the cost of the Coombes Hole underpass alone is �3.7million or more, but we don't know if this includes the road crossing for Melbourn Road but does not include the cycle network.

Could we please have the full cost of the complete scheme as packaged in the consultation document, We then need to know what we can reduce this to after the Sustrans grant.

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Currently grant money from Sustrans publicly known about is �700,000 and so far we have been led to believe that is for Coombes Hole.

Sustrans really should have come up with at least �4million plus another �2million in reserve if they really do believe in the schemes they have put forward, because it is not worth that amount of public money of the (mis)use of force to get land that isn't really needed.

I would recommend that the county council drop Sustrans and turn to the people of this town to see what they want, where we want it, and how much we want to pay for it.

If grants are then available that's all to the good but the council must learn you get a grant for what you want to do, rather than thinking you can do what you want with a grant.

RP Ketteringham

Melbourn Road, ROyston

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