Arbury Road is a cycling and walking scheme aiming to improve links to schools and employment centres in Cambridge.
It is one of our five cross city cycling projects across Cambridge, aiming to help reduce congestion and improve air quality, health and road safety.
Work is underway to improve the transport infrastructure along Arbury Road as part of Phase 2b and 2d of the cross city cycling project.
This will include sections of Arbury Road from Mere Way to Mansel Way (2b), and Campkin Road to North Cambridge Academy (2d). Phase 2c works at the Mansel Way and Campkin Road junctions will start from 21 January 2019.
It is envisaged that the Arbury Road scheme will be completed by the end of 2019.
By creating better infrastructure, cycling will become a more viable travel alternative for new and existing residents.
Cycling infrastructure along Arbury Road has been of poor quality and in need of upgrading.
Phase 1 of the Arbury Road scheme was completed by Cambridgeshire County Council in autumn 2016. Phase 2a (funded by GCP) - upgrading Arbury Road between St Albans Road and Mere Way - was completed in spring 2018.
Arbury Road connects residential areas in Northern Cambridge, some of which contain new housing developments that have created a growth in the local population. Already well used by students, commuters and people wanting to access facilities further afield, the route presents an exciting opportunity to further expand Cambridge’s sustainable travel network.
Creating better sustainable infrastructure is one strategy in the solution to curbing the pressures a rising population will have on Cambridge’s transport network. This network will also ultimately help improve the public’s health and wellbeing, whilst creating more travel choices other than the motor vehicle which may reduce congestion for future commuters.
Phase 2b of the Arbury Road cycling scheme is now completed.
Phase 2c began on Monday 21 January 2019. Existing traffic lights at the Campkin Road and Mansel Way junctions have been replaced by 4-way temporary traffic lights for the duration of the works in this area of Arbury Road. These lights are likely to cause some delays so please allow extra time for your journeys.
Access to Arbury Surgery and the City Council Arbury Office will be maintained throughout the work.
As with the previous works, the construction of the cycleway will involve moving utility services and diverting cables, the removal of kerbs and roadside verges, the construction of new cycle lanes and footways, as well as resurfacing the carriageway. Towards the end of the works in this section new permanent traffic signals will be installed at the Campkin Road junction. Mansel Way will be changed to a Give Way junction with no traffic signals.
Works on Phase 2d between Campkin Road and North Cambridge Academy
Arbury Court Play Area Hedge Survey
The Arbury Road cycleway works include widening the Play Area path to a 2.5m wide shared-use foot/cycleway. These works meant removing the hedge that ran along one side of the path. We are now asking residents in the area if they would like a replacement hedge similar to the one that was removed, or alternatively keep the new path without the hedge. A survey has been sent to local residents to gauge their views. The survey will run from Friday 22 February to Friday 08 March.
You can view a copy of the landscape design for the Play Area (with hedge added) here. This design has been created by the Greater Cambridge Partnership landscape architect in collaboration with Cambridge City Council.
You can find more details about the proposed improvements to the Play Area here.
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Throughout the planning process, local residents have been updated on traffic management measures and project timescales.
Information events have also been held for members of the community.
Phase 2 of the Arbury Road works has been allocated a budget of £1.8 Million.
No, all works will take place within the highways boundary and as such planning permission is not required.
Phase 2 of the Arbury Road works will be delivered in sections:
New plant species include:
Acer campestre (Field Maple)
Corylus avellana (Common Hazel)
Prunus spinose (Blackthorn)
Crataegus monogyna (Hawthorn)
Viburnum lantana (Common Wayfaring)
Cornus sanguinea (Dogwood)
Euonymus europaeus (Spindle)
Rhamnus frangula (Alder Buckthorn)
In order for there to be enough space to accommodate the new cycle lanes that are being designed, the previous hedges needed to be moved.
Under planting of the hedge between Mere Way and Mansel Way will take place in Spring 2018.
The species of plants being considered are:
The Citi 1 will be diverted via Mansel Way and Alex Wood Road on Monday 23 April as construction begins for phases 2b and 2d.