Councillors March forward to make cycling and walking easier

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Councillors have backed plans to invest £27,260 of transport funding to make cycling and walking easier and safer in March.

Cambridgeshire County Council Cabinet agreed to spend the money on projects contained within the March Market Town Transport Strategy.

The improvements include making it easier and safer for people to walk or cycle to the station as well as getting across the very narrow Norwood Road rail bridge.

The funding has been generated through the planning process and requires developers to help pay for facilities to support the new housing.

The market Town Transport Strategy proposals were put together in consultation with Fenland District Council, local councillors and residents.

Cabinet agreed at their meeting yesterday, Tuesday, December 17 plans which include:

Norwood Road Bridge shared use path £10,000 study. - This funding will be to undertake a feasibility study to get the best solution for this project. There are a number of options for this project which include completing the missing link in the footpath on the north side of Norwood Rd bridge, creating a shared use path and to consider speed reduction and safety measure as part of the scheme, or Introduce traffic signals to restrict traffic movements over bridge to one-way at a time, reallocating road-space to pedestrian & cycle use, and consider speed reduction measures.

South bound cycleway from the railway Station to St John’s Road £10,000. - This includes an advisory cycle lane and signing - Remove centre line from carriageway Introduce on-road southbound advisory (i.e. dashed white line) cycle lane Introduce double yellow lines across whole section on east side of road. Signing introduced to advertise this as a route to the town centre.

North bound route from the town centre to the rail station - Route through Robin Goodfellow’s Lane and linking with the National Cycle Network £7,260. Signing and installing solar studs on the route.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Steve Count, who has been campaigning for the improvements and spoke at Cabinet, said: “A safe route for pedestrians and cycles for Norwood road bridge has been my number one priority. It is good to see this money, which is provided by developers as part of the planning process, being used to improve transport in and around March and especially for the Norwood Road bridge footpath scheme to be prioritised. It is vital that we make sure people have the option to cycle and walk in safety using a network of links to the places they want to go. Although we are not at the end game yet and significant funding still needs to be found to deliver this project, this step in the right direction will help me make it a reality. I thank officers for listening to me when I raised the very real safety issues highlighted by local residents and my fellow councillors.”