Views sought on plan for new bridge over River Great Ouse in St Neots

Options for a new bridge are being presented.

Options for a new bridge are being presented. - Credit: Archant

Views are being sought on ambitious plans to build a multi-million-pound foot and cycle bridge over the River Great Ouse in St Neots.

In 2001, Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC) carried out a transport strategy which showed “overwhelming support” for improvements to walking and cycling routes around the town by means of a southern and northern bridge.

The southern Willow Bridge was opened in 2011 and this new plan, estimated to cost between £2 million and £4 million, represents a new link between the north and the west of St Neots.

If the plans are approved, the steel bridge is likely to be funded from Section 106 money secured against new housing developments, along with other capital funding sources.

The public are being asked to comment on four options during a six-week consultation exercise.

Councillor Ian Bates, chairman of the county council’s economy and environment committee, said: “We are keen to hear the public’s views on these proposals which will encourage more walking and cycling, reduce air pollution, traffic congestion and improve the health and fitness of the local population.

“A new northern foot and cycle bridge will improve connectivity and transport options for those living in the town and provide a safe, direct and accessible link for those in the north, encouraging more journeys by foot and bike.

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Option 1: Regatta Meadow to St Anselm Place, making a direct link from Crosshall Road to St Neots Rowing Club.

Option 2: Regatta Meadow to Priory Lane, linking Crosshall Road to the Priory Centre, Waitrose and the main shopping area.

Option 3: Improvements and widening work to the existing town bridge for cyclists and pedestrians.

Option 4: Riverside car park to River Terrace and the main shopping area.

INFO: The plans can be viewed at exhibitions at The Priory Centre on July 12, from 4pm-8pm; July 26, from 9am-5pm, and August 1, from 4pm-8pm.

Copies are available at St Neots Library, GP surgeries or online: