Cycling campaign celebrates after £300k grant received to improve routes in Crow country

PUBLISHED: 09:19 13 August 2013 | UPDATED: 09:19 13 August 2013

Members of the A10 Corridor Cycling Campaign on an awareness ride held earlier this year

Members of the A10 Corridor Cycling Campaign on an awareness ride held earlier this year

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A CAMPAIGN group is celebrating after a £300,000 grant was received to improve cycling infrastructure in Crow country

The money will be used to fund a project called Cycle Links to Foxton Station, and is part of larger £4million fund given to Cambridgeshire County Council to improve cycling conditions in the greater Cambridge area.

The grant has come about thanks to the work of the A10 Corridor Cycling campaign, which was asked by the county council to recommend how any funding should be spent in the South Cambridgeshire area.

Susan van de Ven, Melbourn’s County Councillor, chairs the campaign group.

She said: “The sum of £300,000 will pay for roughly 1km of cycle path so it is a case of patiently working the A10 section by section.

“The consensus was to tackle the worst stretch of the A10 off-road path in the vicinity of Foxton, from Foxton Bottom to the Shepreth Frog End junction, and to go for a 1.5m path in order to establish a high standard for the future.

“One benefit of improving this particular stretch is that it helps to link several villages, including places of work and education. There are many details to be worked out and confirmed but at least this is a very positive first step.”

Launched earlier this year, the campaign now has the support of Foxton, Meldreth and Melbourn Parish Councils, all of which have agreed to fund one set of the group’s room hire costs per year.

A Royston sub-group has also been formed for cyclists from the town who want to see better links between Royston and A10 corridor.

A spokesman for the Royston sub-group said: “This is very welcome news for our campaign. We hope that with the support of SUSTRANS, our local MP Oliver Heald, and all our local councillors, a proportion of this funding will be allocated to the provision of a long overdue, purpose-built and safe cycle path that will link Royston from its very successful rail underpass to Melbourn and beyond.”

The A10 Corridor Cycling Campaign meets next on Tuesday 24 September, 7pm for 7.30pm, at Foxton Village Hall. All are welcome to attend.

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