Meeting called to discuss bridge across ‘dangerous’ A505 road

Royston MP Oliver Heald has described the A505 as dangerous

Royston MP Oliver Heald has described the A505 as dangerous - Credit: Archant

A summit meeting has been called to look at the prospect of building a bridge to help pedestrians and cyclists cross a “dangerous” dual carriageway.

The meeting will see Melbourn county councillor Susan van de Ven and her counterpart from Royston, Fiona Hill, sit down with cycling officers from Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire to discuss safer cycling conditions on the county border, particularly ways in which people can safely cross the A505 near the roundabout with the A10.

Representatives of sustainable transport charity Sustrans, which helped build the Royston rail underpass, will also be in attendance on December 16.

Royston’s MP Oliver Heald recently wrote to Hertfordshire County Council to voice his concern about cycling conditions near the A505.

He received a reply from Dan Hancock, strategy and programme manager for North Herts and Stevenage at the county council, who said conditions for cyclists around Royston needed to be improved, and that the two authorities were working together to look at the feasibility of a bridge, as well as the way such a scheme could be funded.

Mr Heald said: “I am glad that there are going to be discussions about a bridge across the A505. As it is, it is very dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians and it is imperative that it is made safer for them as soon as possible.”

Cllr van de Ven, who organised the meeting, heads up the A10 corridor cycling campaign, which recently secured £300,000 of funding to improve cycling conditions near Foxton station.

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She said: “The purpose of the meeting is to put Herts and Cambs heads together to look very specifically at our county border, and what we can do from each side to create safe cycling conditions between Melbourn, Meldreth and Royston.

“The A10 Corridor Cycling Campaign has explored other possibilities for getting cyclists over the A505 and have come to the conclusion that there’s no getting round the need of a safe crossing at the roundabout itself. The next meeting of the campaign will take place in Royston on January 16, and we would like to be able to bring something positive for Royston to that meeting.”

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