Plans unveiled for River Ouse cycle bridge

Great Ouse
Four possible locations are being considered for a new foot and cycle bridge across the River Ouse

Proposals have been drawn up for a new foot and cycle bridge in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, which would be built over the River Ouse, writes Patrick McDonnell.

Cambridgeshire County Council has launched a public consultation to ask people their views on four possible locations of the bridge, which would link the town with the area to the west of the river mirroring the current southern bridge.

Initial cost estimates range from £2m – 4m depending on the option.

Ian Bates, chairman of the county council’s economy and environment committee, said: “We are keen to hear the public’s views on these proposals which will encourage more walking and cycling, reduce air pollution, traffic congestion and improve the health and fitness of the local population.

“As St Neots is entirely split by a large water way, those in the north of the town wishing to travel across the river currently have to use the road bridge in the south of the town or via a bypass.

“A new northern foot and cycle bridge will improve connectivity and transport options for those living in the town and provide a safe, direct and accessible link for those in the north, encouraging more journeys by foot and bike. Let us know your views on these exciting proposals for St Neots by filling out a survey, or find out more by coming along to one of our consultation events.”

If plans are approved, the bridge is likely to be funded from Section 106 money secured against new housing developments, along with other capital funding sources that will be pursued if the project progresses further.

The deadline for completed questionnaires on the consultation is 7 August 2017.

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