£50 million for Connect2

Sustrans’ winning Connect2 scheme will enable a route to be constructed from Cambridge to Wicken Fen, which will include the building of many new bridges.
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Just before Christmas the Big Lottery Fund’s The People’s £50 Million contest took place. Members of the public had the chance to choose which of several short-listed schemes should get £50 million from the National Lottery Fund. The successful scheme was Sustrans’ Connect2 proposal. This aims to “revitalise walking and cycling across the UK by creating new routes for the journeys we all make every day”. The money will enable new bridges and crossings and new cycle and walking routes to be constructed throughout the UK.

Here in East Anglia the scheme will enable Sustrans and the National Trust to construct a route for cyclists and walkers from Cambridge to Wicken Fen. This will include the construction of new bridges across the river Cam, near Waterbeach, and across several of the Lodes. Some work has already started and when complete the route will close a gap in the Sustrans National Route 11, which connects Harlow, via Cambridge and Ely, to King’s Lynn. There was a map in Newsletter 74 and future Newsletters will contain further updates on progress.

More information is available from the National Trust at Wicken Fen, tel: 01353 720274.