Local councillors, Sustrans’ regional director and representatives of the Big Lottery Fund gathered to officially open a new walking and cycling bridge over the busy A10 road in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire this week.
The bridge has been named after Paul Cully, the late council officer who was a driving force behind the bridge’s opening – set to link the communities either side of the dual carriageway.
Broxbourne Borough Council and Sustrans developed the bridge, with part funding from a £50 million grant to Sustrans from the Big Lottery Fund for the Connect2 project, an initiative that develops new walking and cycling routes across the UK.
"This bridge is going to be a fantastic asset for the local community, making it so much easier to get across the A10," said Nigel Brigham, East of England regional director for Sustrans.
“We are already working closely with Hertfordshire County Council and Broxbourne Borough Council to improve walking and cycling links to and from the bridge, enabling people to make more local journeys without needing to get in their car.” Leader of Broxbourne Council, councillor Paul Mason added: “Paul gave this Council 40 years of loyal dedicated service. He was a most amiable person who was universally respected and showed outstanding commitment above the call of duty. One of his finest achievements is the bridge over the A10. Sadly, Paul never lived to see the first child use this bridge.”
Big Lottery Fund Head of Region for East of England Sara Betsworth concluded: “This is great news as the new bridge will make it all that bit easier to make every day journeys by foot or bike. People from across the UK voted for Sustrans to be awarded the £50 million Lottery grant, so it’s fantastic to see some of that funding making its way to connect these local communities separated by the busy A10.”
The Big Lottery Fund has also part funded the Sustrans and Leeds City Council-led new walking and cycling route in North Leeds, linking Roundhay Park with the David Young Community Academy in Seacroft.