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The Dry Drayton Cycle Track.

 

February 2021 update on the project

 

Will it be Fourth Time Lucky for Dry Drayton?


For many years Dry Drayton Residents have been without a safe traffic-free cycle route to connect the village with Cambridge and the amazing local cycling network.

 

Several years ago a local group of volunteers formed the 'BHDDMadCycle Group' with the aim of establishing a non-motorised route connecting Bar Hill, Dry Drayton and Madingley with Cambridge. Extensive negotiations with local landowners stalled and the initiative foundered. Then, when Eddington was being proposed, local residents made representations to the planners and developers to provide a cycleway from Eddington, through the pre-existing M11 underpass and into Madingley, as part of a S106 agreement. Despite this offering a positive facility to both the local community and the University, this too failed.

 

Fast forward to the A14 Improvement Scheme. A new local Road, the A1307, was to include a non motorised user route from the Dry Drayton flyover into Cambridge. But this left Dry Drayton residents with around 500 metres of narrow unrestricted road with bends to negotiate between the 30mph Oakington Road in Dry Drayton and the new A1307 route. This stretch of road is a busy rat run which has already claimed the life of one cyclist. The omission of this link seemed like just the sort of the project that the A14 Community Fund might assist with, except that when the Parish Council applied, it didn't !

 

Finally, in 2018, with a little guidance from County Councillor Lynda Harford, Dry Drayton Parish Council applied to the County for funding for this important link, making a £5000 contribution towards the cost from its own funds. The scheme was approved by the Council's Economy and Environment Committee in January 2019 for funding during the financial year 2019/20. Negotiations are proceeding with a local land owner for the purchase of a sliver of land needed to fit a cycle track beside the existing road. Although the scheme has slipped back to the 2020/21 financial year, residents are hopeful that when current Pandemic restrictions are lifted, Dry Drayton can finally be linked in to the Cambridge cycling network.


(This article appeared in the Summer 2020 issue 147 of the Cambridge Cycling Campaign CamCycle Magazine).


Update on Progress, February 2021, from Cllr Lynda Harford:

 

Cycle Path Link


Lots of you are still asking about the cycle path link from the village to the non motorised users' route. The delay in starting the work is still the acquisition of a small amount of land. Please be reassured that County Council Officers are looking at all options open to them in order to overcome this obstacle. You can also be re-assured that the funding is secured. Some of it is coming from Highways England designated funds and members of the Highways and Transport Committee approved this allocation with several others at its January Meeting. You can read the report to committee at: bit.ly/3qAhvaO. Thank you to everyone who has been in touch recently. Please do continue to contact me with your comments and questions.

 

Dry Drayton Parish Council Minutes 3 Feb 2021


It was queried as to what DDPC were doing to push forward the cycle path project for the parish understanding that LH has assured that CCC monies are secured for the project but queried the protection of the Section 106 monies DDPC have due to time limits on spending these monies.SL confirmed the resident was correct that there is a time limit on spending, but it should be okay, and the big issue was the negotiations with the landowner to get the cycle path built. He explained this is a huge disappointment for DDPC that they have no influence in this matter as it is at CCC level and currently at an impasse.It was queried by the public if some formof publicity to the current situation may assist moving this issue forward

 

Oakington Road Dry Drayton

 

Oakington Rd Dry Drayton Feb 2021 looking towards the village.
The grass track on the left would be part of the route of the proposed cycle track.