Susan van de Ven

Liberal Democrat County Councillor for Bassingbourn, Melbourn, Meldreth and Whaddon Learn more

Should the new cycleways have a maintenance plan?

by Susan van de Ven on 19 November, 2020

Question to the Greater Cambridge Partnership Assembly today:

My question to the Greater Cambridge Partnership Assembly today on cycle path maintenance strategy – spurred by the fact that our current vegetation maintenance grant, which has paid for the sort of maintenance illustrated in this photo, soon comes to an end:

“Cambridgeshire County Council Highways has severely limited resources to carry out its statutory obligations. Over the past few years, verge cuts along multi-use paths have been reduced to twice per year, and surface water drains are no longer subject to regular scheduled maintenance. This situation is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future.

Valuable learning on path maintenance has taken place along the A10 corridor between Hauxton and Melbourn, where the GCP put its first spade into the ground, and which forms the basis for the forthcoming Melbourn Greenway.

The ambitious Greenway scheme is extremely welcome and stands to transform the opportunity for safe cycling in the Greater Cambridge area. Of particular note is the synergy between Greenway schemes and the inclination to create networks rather than standalone routes.How will the GCP ensure that the Greenway scheme, once built, will be properly looked after, in order to stand as a truly strategic asset for a future multi-modal transport network?”

Answer from the GCP today: They are working on a plan with Cambs Highways and will be back to let us know what it is. Intriguing and hopeful!

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