A new shared path for pedestrians and cyclists, linking Cranfield village with Cranfield University and its Technology Park, has been officially opened.
The path was funded by the Department for Transport Cycle Safety Fund and a substantial contribution from Cranfield University. Linking the University with National Cycle Route 51 it will enable staff and students to walk and cycle to the university separated from traffic while also providing a leisure amenity for residents.
The path was commissioned, planned and delivered by Central Bedfordshire Council who worked closely with Sustrans and Cranfield University on the project. Sustrans was able to secure extra funding for the project, enabling the path to be extended into the University campus and for the installation of two raised crossings at each end of the route. Cranfield University arranged the construction of the final section which takes people away from the road and into the campus itself.
The official opening of the path was attended by Councillor Sue Clark, ward member for Cranfield, who thanked Sustrans and the university for their help and support. The ribbon, held between two vintage bicycles, was cut by University Secretary Professor William Stephens.
Commenting on the new path, Professor Stephens said: “The creation of this cycle path has been a long-held ambition for the University. It is already making a big difference to everyone, allowing staff and students to cycle and walk safely from the village to the university and supporting our aims to reduce our carbon footprint and tackle single car occupancy.”
Councillor Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Community Services said: “The creation of this new cycle path was one of the schemes programmed in the Local Area Transport Plan for Cranfield and Marston Vale. The scheme cost a little over £400,000 to deliver, of which over three quarters was secured through grants and contributions. The delivery involved reaching agreement with the University and its Technology Park to allow a section of the path to run across their land. Their support and assistance has been exemplary. The scheme was managed by Bedfordshire Highways and demonstrates how successful partnership working can help deliver in high quality infrastructure that really meets the needs of residents.”
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