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£550,000 Cambridgeshire cycleway opens

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Plans to build a major cycleway between Royston and Cambridge has moved a step closer with the opening of a new stretch of track between Melbourn Science Park and Shepreth.

The 2.5m-wide and 2.5km-long cycle path cost £550k to build and should help commuters find a greener way to work.

After work is completed widening the cycleway at Harston this summer, the path from Melbourn will provide an 11 mile cycleway into Cambridge. The hope is it will become a healthier, greener method to commute.

The Melbourn cycleway route. Credit: Greater Cambridge City Deal

It will benefit a lot of people, a lot of the community, school children, people going to work, people for leisure, it's long, it's wide, it's flat and it's on budget as well.

– Cllr Ian Bates, Cambridgeshire County Council
The route from Royston to Cambridge, the pink section is the completed Melbourn route. Credit: Greater Cambridge City Deal

The bid is now in for over £3 million of funding to extend the route from Melbourn Science Park all the way to Royston and that would involve building a new bridge over the A505.

There are also plans to improve routes from villages surrounding Cambridge, meaning cycleways like this should become an ever more familiar part of our countryside.