County Council wants cyclists’ views on new A10 crossing

A consultation on proposals to create a safer way for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the busy A10 north of Cambridge has been launched by Cambridgeshire County Council.

The improvements follow on from the new £240,000 dual-use path built earlier this year between the villages of Milton and Landbeach. The council is now asking for views on the second phase of the scheme, providing a safer means of crossing the main road for those travelling by bike and on foot. The A10 junction is currently an accident hotspot, with 16 reported incidents involving vehicles turning right in both directions. The current cycle and foot path starts from Landbeach heading towards Milton and finishes past the cemetery at the farm access junction.

There are two potential designs: the first involves closing the slip lane to Milton, narrowing the Cambridge-bound carriageway and creating a two-stage crossing across the A10. The second is to widen the existing triangular island in the middle of the A10 to create three crossing points.

Both options included in the consultation plan propose extending the path along Landbeach Road and across the junction to either the old road serving the sewage station or to Humphries Way. Dropped kerbs are also planned so that cyclists from Cambridge can either join the path to Landbeach or cross the junction. The scheme also includes adding solar stud lighting along the length of the cycle-and foot-way. New street lighting will also be installed at the junction.

The scheme will cost £130,000 and is funded by contributions from local developers.

Local residents, cyclists and pedestrians can have their say online at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/cycling where there is also more detail about the plans and layouts. The consultation closes on Friday 11 October 2013.

Livia Oldland
Communications Coordinator, Major Infrastructure Delivery, Cambridgeshire County Council