East Cambridgeshire District Council have been drawing up plans for the ‘Station Gateway’ redesign but they’re not publicising them very much. They were unearthed by one of our members after seeing them at the Octagon Retail Park exhibition where they were available to see, if you asked the right person. They weren’t on the display boards.
You can read the proposals here http://www.eastcambs.gov.uk/meetings/development-transport-committee-06092012 contained in 8 separate pdfs of consultation drawings.
At the ECDC meeting they were discussed (briefly it seems) and approved to be presented to the County Council on the 17th of September.
2.2 It is recommended that Members approve these drawings (with any suggested amendments) for presentation at the Cambridgeshire County Council Cabinet meeting on 17th September 2012 in respect of the Ely Crossing potential solutions.
No cycling provision
The fact that proposals are being drawn up without consultation is annoying in itself. More worrying is the total lack of cycling provision within them.
Nearly 300 cycle commuters use Ely Station everyday. The current station approach is woefully inadequate. We have been repeatedly assured by ECDC officers that the Station Gateway will solve this issue once and for all. However we now find that yet again cycle access has been left out of the plans altogether.
Furthermore NCN11 runs just the other side of the river from the Station Gateway area however the proposals fail to mention how it will be connected to the new site.
In summary these proposals are wholly inadequate from a cycling perspective.