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.
Increasing local population requires better sustainable transport provision
Currently, cycling infrastructure along much of Arbury Road is of poor quality and requires upgrading. By creating better infrastructure, cycling will become a more viable travel alternative for new and existing residents.
The 1st phase of Arbury Road was completed by Cambridgeshire County Council in autumn 2016. The aim of this project is to extend this high quality cycling infrastructure along the majority of Arbury road. In order to do this some hedges have been removed and new ones planted, further away from the road, to make space for new cycle lanes.
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.
Works will begin in the autumn. Preparatory works have been done to move the hedge lines in order to make space for the construction works.
The project team have a pre-construction meeting with the contractors in the week beginning 18 September; more details about the works will be announced shortly.
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. In order to give the new hedges the best chance to establish they needed to be planted before the start of the growing season.
Under planting of the hedge between Mere Way and Mansel Way will take place later on this year.
The species of plants being considered are:
Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
White campion (Silene alba)
Sweet cicely (Myrrhis odorata)
Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria)
Herb Bennet (Geum urbanum)
Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)
Hedge mustard (Sisymbrium officinale)
Crow garlic (Allium vineale)
Snow drop (Galanthus nivalis)
Oxeye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
Sweet violets (Viola odorata)
Wild Carrot (Dacus carota)
Ladies Bedstraw (Galium verum)
Field Scabious (Knautia arvensis)
Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris)
Wild Marjoram (Origanum vulgare)
Ladies bedstraw (Galium verum)