July 2013: Potholes on the road have been properly patched. This should result in less debris along the route.
Issues remain. Muck/flint/glass mostly outside Cottenham Skips causes regular punctures if you do not have very good tyres. The solar edge lighting is no longer bright and some have been covered by vegetation. They are still better than none.
As far as I am aware, all planned works are now complete !
I am sure the council will soon make a press release. The path has been some three years in the making and is worth shouting about. It certainly deserves to be called a cycle path now.
The final part that desperately needing completing was the most dangerous section between Histon and Cottenham. I have test ridden that section at night and it is excellent. The solar lighting makes a huge difference to your safety, and as oncoming cars pass, you are no longer blinded and can still see where to go. I can still remember the moment of fear when you hope you don't fall into the road or ditch. Cycling along here in the dark is actually quite relaxing now, quite normal.
I have uploaded two images to CycleStreets:
And just a reminder of how it used to look:
As far as I am aware, the toucan crossing at the southern boundary of Cottenham is not going to happen. Northbound cyclists will have to join the road where traffic typically crosses at 40mph in both directions, or, continue on the footpath illegally. Histon Road in Cottenham remains a fairly unpleasant and sometimes hostile road for cyclists.
About the widening and surfacing:
No toucan crossing point at the edge of Cottenham.