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New active travel schemes to encourage more walking and cycling have been proposed in Cranfield

Central Bedfordshire Council has launched a four-week public consultation on proposals to improve cycling and walking provisions in Cranfield, after securing funding from the Government’s Active Travel Fund. The £600,000 funding will be shared between schemes for Biggleswade, Cranfield and Leighton Buzzard.

The cycle/footway route set out around the northern perimeter of Cranfield University airfield has been identified to be improved and extended further along College Road. There will also be links on to the cycle/footway route from Crawley Road.

The Council’s proposal is to upgrade the surface of the cycle/footway within the boundary of Cranfield University airfield which has previously been given planning consent (in May 2018). It will also “connect to and improve the cycling and pedestrian network in Cranfield”.

Residents, businesses, community stakeholders and users of the existing routes and footpaths are encouraged to give their views on the Council’s proposed schemes.

Cllr Steven Dixon, executive member for sustainability and transformation, said:

“People’s travel behaviour has changed during the pandemic, so we need to provide them with more options to be able to walk and cycle in their local community. The proposed changes will allow visitors, residents and businesses in these areas to use active travel for local journeys, which will deliver significant long-term benefits to their health and wellbeing and reduce the impact on the environment.

“Our aim is to create schemes that meet the needs of each of the three communities and are developed in partnership with local people, so we would encourage anyone who lives in these areas or uses the existing routes, to have their say on our proposals.”

To register your comments as part of the consultation visit Cranfield, northern route. The consultation closes on Sunday 28th March 2021.