Name of consultation: GCP St Ives Greenway: Over and Fen Drayton
From: The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP)
Format: Online survey OR download and print the Word version and send to Greater Cambridge Partnership, PO Box 1493, Mandela House, 4 Regent Street, Cambridge CB1 0YR
If you have any difficulty with the online survey, you can also email firstname.lastname@example.org directly with your response.
Deadline: midday on Friday 31 March
The GCP is currently consulting on two links to the St Ives Greenway (the existing Busway active travel path to St Ives). The other consultation focuses on the route between Oakington and Cottenham. View our consultation guide here.
The Over and Fen Drayton proposals include plans to resurface an existing footpath from Over and upgrade it to a bridleway, with a new bridge installed over Swavesey drain. Holywell Fen Road to Fen Drayton would be resurfaced, with buildouts and sinusoidal speed humps installed to make it a “quiet road”. Flooding in this area will also be monitored to decide what long-term solutions are appropriate to deliver an all-weather, year-round route.
Summary of Camcycle’s view:
We welcome these proposals which should enable more cycling and walking journeys from and to Over and Fen Drayton. We propose some improvements to the safety and accessibility of the route, including suggestions on lighting. We also call for the seasonal flooding issue on the main St Ives cycleway to be resolved as soon as possible – the issue was foreseen from the beginning of the busway, and active travellers have waited long enough already.
Points to make in your response:
Q3. Do you have any comments and suggestions on the proposed design and different features for the Fen Drayton spur?
- Camcycle would like to see additional signage for drivers indicating this is a multi-user route.
- The speed limit on this road should be 20mph.
- There should be signage on the junction with Daintrees Rd to indicate distance to the St Ives Greenway and distances to St Ives and Cambridge from that location.
- To encourage cycling on this isolated route it may be a good idea to provide solar-powered lighting columns at regular intervals. These could be movement-based to minimise impact to wildlife.
Q4. Do you have any comments and suggestions on the proposed design and different features for the Over spur?
- A three metres shared path is the absolute minimum width for a shared path for pedestrians and cyclists. We recommend a wider path wherever possible to minimise the chances of conflict between pedestrians and cyclists.
- Solar LED lights should be used to light the path in the hours of darkness.
- The bridge should be at least 5m wide to accommodate all potential users with minimal conflict.
- Signage is needed at the Over end to indicate distance to the Greenway, St Ives and Cambridge.
Q5. Do you have any other comments, queries or concerns you’d like us to consider for the next stages of design?
- Camcycle welcomes these proposals which should enable more cycling and walking journeys from and to Over and Fen Drayton.
- Seasonal flooding on the main St Ives cycleway needs to be resolved to ensure the usefulness of this new spur as soon as possible. We believe the current plans are to monitor over a recorded period of 18 months is insufficient, and instead this review should look at all the past flooding events since the path was opened. The issue was foreseen from the beginning of the busway, and active travellers have waited long enough already. The greenway should have been built at the same level as the busway. The greenway can still be raised, with cantilevers against the busway or a viaduct. Either solution would avoid the need for a flooding analysis and avoid affecting the nature reserve. Both solutions are eminently feasible.
Complete the St Ives Greenway (Over and Fen Drayton) survey on the GCP’s consultation website by noon on Friday 31 March.