CYCLISTS, horse-riders and pedestrians who have started to enjoy using the track alongside the guided busway between St Ives and Swavesey are about to be banned from it once again.

Work to raise sections of the path will begin next Tuesday, August 30, and signs have been put in place at entrances to the route to give advance warning of the closure. A diversion route will be via local villages on the national cycle network.

Raising the level of sections of the path will stop rainwater collecting and flooding it. The cost of the work had been deducted from former contractors as they built sections of the path at too low a level, a council spokesman said.

"Once the path has been raised, a top-notch blacktop surface will be added to complete the 16-mile cycling super-highway."

No access is allowed to the closed section of the path until the works are complete, and council chiefs are warning residents not to risk walking or cycling on the guideway with buses now running at least every 10 minutes.

The council is unable to say how long the work will take.