Liberal Democrats fear that moving too quickly to narrow the options for Cambridge’s £4.5 million Chesterton-Abbey cycle and footbridge could risk its success.
They are worried that councillors are being asked to accept one proposal for discussion over an initial five assessed in a feasibility study.
But Cambridgeshire Liberal Democrats fear the move could risk support for the project and its success after it was agreed previously that more work and consultation would be carried out with local residents before options were narrowed.
Cambridge’s East Chesterton Cllr Ian Manning expressed disappointment with the move.
He said: “I’m a big supporter of the bridge proposal, which is vital to the station project, to make cycling and walking easier and to make sure East Chesterton isn’t swamped with commuter traffic, but we cannot move so quickly to narrow options.
“Up to this point, I’ve been really pleased with how officers have responded to my calls for the bridge proposal to be developed with local communities.”
The issue will be discussed at Cambridgeshire County Council’s Economy Transport and Environment Committee on October 21.
Committee Vice Chair and Lib Dem Transport Spokesperson, Cllr Ed Cearns agreed with Cllr Manning’s concerns.
“Have we learnt nothing from the flawed process followed in the Ely bypass consultation, in which narrowing of options at an early stage led to legal challenges later on?” he said.
“If we don’t want projects bogged down, we must show clearly that we respond to concerns – not just attempt to move to a ‘preferred solution’ as quickly as possible. We are raising these concerns in order for the project to move forward not to slow it down”
The Chesterton-Abbey Bridge is part of the Chisholm Trail project and would provide a pedestrian and cycle link between the existing railway station and the proposed Science Park Station.
Liberal Democrats will move to overturn the officers’ recommendation at the committee meeting, pushing on with the project but keeping options open and doing more public consultation.