Campaigners welcome cycle path improvements

The newly widened path between Royston and Melbourn

The newly widened path between Royston and Melbourn - Credit: Archant

CAMPAIGNERS have welcomed improvements to a cycle path, but will continue to press for action to repair its potholed surface.

Cambridgeshire County Council has carried out work to widen the path, which runs alongside the A10 from Royston to Melbourn.

The A10 corridor cycle campaign has been calling for the path to be improved since it formed earlier this year, and in May held a group ride to highlight problems faced by cyclists on the route.

Matthew Scales, from the Royston branch of the campaign, said: “The work action came from the campaign lobbying over the past few months.

“This work was nothing structural, but involved cutting the soil and grass back to reveal a lot more of the path which, over the years, has been lost due to lack of upkeep resulting in a very narrow path.

“This work has made a significant improvement to the path and as a result has become almost twice as wide in some areas.”

Mr Scales added that the group wished to thank county council officers Patrick Joyce and Mike Cooper for their support in helping to assure the work got done.

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He said: “The issue of broken surfaces and potholes still remains. I hope the County Council keeps on top of this maintenance and eventually consider repaving the worst areas, if not all of the pathway.”

County councillor Susan van de Ven, founder of the campaign, added: “We’re delighted that county highways, strapped for cash, have at least managed to peel the turf back on either side to restore the original width. This is a good step forward and we’d like to thank the officers who arranged for the work to be done.”