£150,000 success story - councillor reveals campaign for footpath over rail bridge wins approval from county council

15:33 17 April 2014

Cllr Steve Count standing on Norwood Road railway bridge.

Cllr Steve Count standing on Norwood Road railway bridge.

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A footpath is to be built over the Norwood Road, March, bridge following a campaign by county councillor Steve Count.

Cllr Count revealed the £150,000 project won backing from the cabinet which met at Shire Hall, Cambridge, this week.

“As part of a two year delivery plan Cabinet at Cambridgeshire County Council allocated the funding towards a footpath to go over the bridge,” he said.

“Anyone who has crossed that bridge knows just how dangerous it is and why this needed sorting.”

He said the funding was budgeted in the current financial year.

“Although I have campaigned hard for this since being elected when I read the cabinet papers for the meeting it was better than my most optimistic calculations,” he said.

“I want to thank all of those councillors who helped support this project, getting it into the March Town Transport Strategy.

“Additionally I would like to thank the people of March who responded to the consultation which meant we could put it near the top of the list.

“I also want to repeat the comments I made at cabinet when I especially thanked the officers who helped me pilot the route to funding. Next step for me? Get the thing built!”

“I know I may be a bit close to this because I’ve been campaigning since first elected and been delighted at every minor piece of progress, but I genuinely think this is a fantastic result.”

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  • Rather than building a separate footbridge, wouldn't it be better to put this money towards replacing the road bridge, which could then include a footpath? The road bridge is clearly in need of replacement anyway - it's been propped up underneath and has a 3 tonne weight restriction, so building a separate footbridge is taking a very short term solution and throwing money down the drain.

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