Cambridge councillors want to encourage more cycling in the city

Councillors in Cambridge are to consider plans that would create a cycling superhighway on the approach into the city to limit congestion and increase part-cycling and part-train journeys.

Proposals to build the highways would cost an estimated £6.4million with £1million of funding already secured from the Government as part of the city deal grant. It is expected that more money from the same grant would provide the necessary funds.

The superhighway would link Cambridge and Royston and would largely be segregated from the A10, with offshoots to four other destinations including Foxton, Shepreth and Meldreth’s railway stations. The cycleways would include two existing routes.

Councillor Susan van de Ven told Cambridge News that “there is very heavy vehicle congestion on the approach to Cambridge” and the “only way it (the council) can control congestion is to persuade people to get onto their bikes and to get onto the train.”

The scheme, if approved by councillors when they meet to discuss the proposals at a as-yet-unconfirmed-date, will be finalised by 2018 as the money from the city grant is due to be spent between 2016 and 2018.