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Photo of cyclists using the new cycle lanes on Arbury Road

New cycle lanes on Arbury Road

P R O J E C T  S U M M A R Y

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 now underway to improve the transport infrastructure along Arbury Road as part of Phase 2d of this cross city cycling project. This includes the section between Campkin Road and North Cambridge Academy

It is envisaged that the Arbury Road scheme will be completed by September 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.

A cyclist cylisng away from the camera, on Arbury Road. A white van also drives away from the camera, with a silver car driving towards the camera
Phases 2b and 2c have been completed.
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. New permanent traffic signals have been installed at the Campkin Road junction and include low level cycle signals on Arbury Road. Mansel Way has changed to a Give Way junction with no traffic signals.

Works on Phase 2d between Campkin Road and North Cambridge Academy  began in May 2019 to take advantage of the school holidays. These works include 2m wide cycleways with the cyclist-friendly Cambridge Kerb that are slightly raised above the road level. 


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. In a survey we asked 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 decision has now been taken to replace the hedge.

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.

Map providing information of the Arbury Road cycling scheme

Overview of the Arbury Road cycling scheme

P U B L I C  E N G A G E M E N T

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.

Frequently asked questions

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:

  • Phase 2a is the section between St Albans Road and Mere Way
    Construction complete.
  • Phase 2b is the section between Mere Way and Mansel Way.
    Construction will start on 23 April
  • Phase 2c modelling is currently being undertaken which will determine which design we develop. We will not be closing off the Arbury Road/Mansel Way junction.
  • Phase 2d is the section between Campkin Road and North Cambridge Academy.
    Construction will follow the completion of Phase 2b. This will enable the works outside North Cambridge Academy to be undertaken mainly in the school summer holidays.

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:

  • 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)
  • Snowdrop (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)

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.


docx XCC Arbury Court Play Area Proposed Improvements

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pdf XCC Arbury Court Play Area path (detail)

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pdf XCC Arbury Court Play Area Landscape Design

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docx XCC Arbury Road Residents' Letter

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docx XCC Campkin Road Mansel Way Residents' Letter

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pdf XCC Campkin Road to Arbury Court Play Area

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pdf XCC Mansel Way and Campkin Road Indicative Drawings

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pdf XCC Phase 2b Arbury Road (Mere Way to Arbury Town Park)

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docx XCC Residents Letter Aug 18

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pdf XCC Phase 2a Arbury Road (St Albans Road to Mere Way)

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pdf XCC Arbury Road Hedge Letter 15.03.2017

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pdf XCC Arbury Road Project Brief 05.11.15

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pdf XCC Jan 2016 Consultation Drawings - St Albans Rd to Mere Way

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pdf XCC Jan 2016 Consultation Drawings - Mere Way to North Cambridge Academy

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