Great news for Cambridge cyclists, walkers and riders – the Guided bus maintenance track has been completed, which means that you can now cycle, walk or ride all the way from Cambridge to St Ives (St Ives in Cambridgeshire, not Cornwall - that would be a very long trip!)
As well as finishing the final section of smooth black top, the bridleway has been lifted by as much as 4ft in order to minimise the chance of flooding as much as possible. According to Cambridgeshire County Council, the original maintenance track, which is hoped will be used by cyclists, walkers and horse riders, as well as for maintenance of the Guided bus, was built too low by the contractor.
However, these repairs, which have come about after a grant of £150,000 was provided by transport charity, Sustrans, now mean that thousands of trips are now being made.
Cambridgeshire County Council’s planning chief, Cllr Ian Bates explained: “This is a superhighway for cyclists, horse riders and walkers that stretches from St Ives to Cambridge.
“We have been very pleased with the amount of people using it for work and leisure and hope more people will be encouraged to try it out now the new smoother surface has been laid along its whole length.”
However, even with these recent improvements, there will still be some stretches that remain submerged for approximately 29 days of the year.
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