Programme to increase active travel in Cambridgeshire set to begin

A programme of Active Travel (Tranche 2) projects, to encourage walking and cycling across Cambridgeshire, is set to be delivered in the next few months.

The delivery of the projects follows an earlier trial which led to a series of cycling and walking schemes being introduced during the pandemic. These were funded by the Government to encourage people to make more active travel choices (Tranche 1).

The trial has enabled the county council to make a number of those schemes permanent with active travel at the heart of the Joint Administration’s vision for Cambridgeshire.

The first part of the delivery programme, to be delivered between now and August, includes the following active travel schemes:

  • Reduced traffic lanes and new protected cycle lanes at Trumpington Street/Lensfield Road/Fen Causeway mini-roundabouts
  • A permanent change of priority in Silver Street/King’s Parade to improve cycle and pedestrian safety
  • New sections of protected cycle lanes on East Road and Cowley Road in Cambridge
  • Restrictions to through-vehicles on Church Street, Chesterton
  • Lower speed limits and traffic calming measures between Brook Road and High Street in Bassingbourn
  • Introduce two-way cycling in Ambury Road, Huntingdon
  • Secure cycle lockers at Wisbech Bus Station.

The second part of the delivery programme, to be published in July, will include further schemes – more information will be announced in due course.

In the context of the current road classification review, our partner, the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) is also considering additional schemes that were put forward as part of the Tranche 2 programme. These projects are being reviewed to ensure they align with GCP’s City Access Strategy and other projects which aim to reduce congestion and pollution and provide people with better, healthier, and more sustainable options for their journeys.

More information on the active travel schemes being delivered over the coming months can be found at: https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/active-travel-fund-tranche-2

The council is also installing additional cycle parking over the summer. This will see cycle stands placed near local amenities such as shops, cafés, play areas and leisure centres in Ely, St Ives, St Neots, Huntingdon, Ramsey, Whittlesey and Wisbech, as well as the villages of Mepal, Sutton, Haddenham, Stretham, Little Thetford, Littleport, Melbourn, Cottenham and Buckden. More information can be found here: https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/active-travel-fund-cycle-parking

Cllr Alex Beckett, chair of the Highways and Transport Committee at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “Active travel is one of our top priorities and we are committed to making sure that everyone in the county has access to good walking, cycling and equestrian routes. I’d like to thank the cross-party members who have been involved in looking into these schemes and I look forward to seeing the projects being rolled out and how they positively impact our communities.”

As with Tranche 1, some of the schemes will be installed on a temporary basis for up to 18 months. The decision to make a scheme permanent will follow our formal decision-making process and will take into account the success of the schemes and their usage.

The county council has shown its commitment to active travel after its Highways and Transport Committee in March endorsed a draft Active Travel Strategy for Cambridgeshire.

The strategy, once approved, will help the county meet its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2045 and ensure active travel in Cambridgeshire becomes the primary option for local journeys.

It is currently being considered by stakeholders who are also helping to develop an action plan which includes a list of proposed areas of further work and potential investment.

Both the strategy and action plan are due to go out for public consultation late this year before being presented to the committee for adoption in early 2023.

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