This Sustrans project forms part of the National Cycle Network and has moved another step closer to reality with the granting of planning permission by Cambridge City Council. South Cambridgeshire have taken a different approach and agreed to delegate the decision to officers. It now looks extremely unlikely that the route will be completed this year, but 2001 looks realistic.
Both authorities require further details of landscaping and this is the next stage in the process. Another major hurdle to overcome is raising £100,000 or so to pay for it. It should now be easier to seek funding, in the knowledge that the scheme has planning approval from the city council at least.
The proposed route links the existing paths on Stourbridge Common with Newmarket Road Park and Ride site. This will involve only one road crossing at Ditton Lane and will include links to Ditton Walk, Howard Road and Fen Ditton. A link to High Ditch Road is also proposed, but this still depends on negotiations with landowners for the route in the Stow-cum-Quy area.
A major feature of the route is a new jetty on the edge of the Cam, under the railway, to link Stourbridge Common with Ditton Meadows. Two other smaller bridges are also needed.
The exact timing of the works will obviously depend on the funding. It is possible that some elements of the scheme could start soon, using existing funds, but the works will also need to be timed to suit wildlife requirements and the rowing season.
Nigel Brigham, Sustrans