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Cambridge Greenways

The Cambridge Greenways project is aiming to establish a high quality network of routes into Cambridge from some of the surrounding towns and villages, approximately five to ten miles away. They will primarily be commuter cycle paths, but with additional benefits for pedestrians, horse riders, leisure activities and recreation.

Update

A £480,000 fund has now been secured from the Greater Cambridge City Deal to develop the project over the next two years, which will enable early consultation with parish councils, landowners, local organisations and members of the public.

Early work has identified twelve possible routes between villages and Cambridge and Waterbeach and Fulborn have been selected as the first two to proceed, based on a screening matrix taking into account local population, transport numbers, ease of deliverability and relative contribution to economic growth.

If the routes are eventually agreed: the Waterbeach Greenway would go from the South Cambridgeshire parishes of Milton and Waterbeach, to Chesterton ward in the City; the Fulbourn Greenway would go from the South Cambridgeshire parish of Fulbourn, to Romsey and Cherry Hinton Wards in the City.

The public engagement will consist of interactive events where the public can share their experience of the current provision, where and how they currently travel, what they would like to see change within the project scope and discuss priorities for their ideal local Greenway. City Deal will also be gathering wider local opinion from public spaces and centres making sure everyone has the chance to have their say. 

The first planned public engagement events, giving people the opportunity to look at plans and contribute initial ideas, are as follows;

  • 11 July, 5.00pm-8.00pm – Fulbourn – Cherry Hinton Primary School
  • 12 July, 5.30-8.00pm – Waterbeach – St John’s Church
  • 18 July, 4.30-7.30pm – Fulbourn Primary School
  • 19 July, 6.30-8.30pm – Waterbeach Primary School

Background

A ‘Greenway’ has no single definition but is generally expected to be an attractive, linear corridor segregated from traffic or on quiet roads. The aim is to increase levels of cycling and walking, in order to reduce traffic congestion as the city grows, as well as to improve the health of its population. Some of each route exists already, but parts may need significant improvement or have missing links.

In 2016, we commissioned a consultant to review the twelve Greenway routes, and the main report, together with detailed appendices, can be downloaded below. The consultant has identified a number of missing links that could be provided on private land, generally on field edges, so early consultation with landowners will be essential to discuss possible alignments or alternative options. Whilst various routes have been recommended in the report, no decisions have been made and every route will be chosen following extensive local consultation.

The Greenways report 2016