City Access response to Covid-19 pandemic

INTRODUCTION

As part of the work GCP is undertaking on City Access, a series of experimental measures have been installed which will encourage more journeys on foot or by bike, and support social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic.

These experimental measures have been worked up with input from GCP, other local authorities and stakeholder groups and the County Council, as the Highway Authority.

A series of experimental schemes were implemented in August this year which closed various streets to through traffic movements by car. These measures could offer longer-term benefits by providing lower traffic routes for walking and cycling which could be made permanent at the end of the experiment.

CONSULTATION OPEN

To get feedback and inform a final decision about the schemes, GCP has commenced a 6 week period of consultation on the effects of the experimental traffic restrictions. To have your say, please fill in the survey online at www.greatercambridge.org.uk/etro-consultation .

The consultation runs from midday Monday 9th November and closes at midday on Friday 18th December 2020.

You can request a printed survey by contacting us either via consultations@greatercambridge.org.uk or by calling 01223 699906.

Junction at Lensfield Rd, showing cars, cyclists, and busses crossing the junction.

TRANCHE 1 SCHEMES

Following a period of engagement with local councillors, the University and affected colleges, and the business sector the County Council made experimental traffic regulation orders on the 29th July, for a first tranche of measures which have the effects listed in the table below.

The following experimental measures were installed on the following dates:

 

Area

Measure

Road Closure Date

Silver Street

Extend the bus gate restriction to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

24 August 2020

Luard Road

Prohibit the driving of motor vehicles on a short section west of the Luard Close junction to prevent through traffic movements

24 August 2020

Storey’s Way

Prohibit the driving of motor vehicles at the existing 2 metre width restriction point to prevent through traffic movements

The existing 2 metre width restriction will be suspended.

25 August 2020

Newtown Area - Bateman Street

Phase 1 measures: Prohibit the driving of motor vehicles to prevent through traffic movements in the area: Bateman Street, just west of the Panton Street junction

25 August 2020

Newtown Area - Coronation Street

Phase 1 measures: Prohibit the driving of motor vehicles to prevent through traffic movements in the area: Coronation Street, just west of the Panton Street junction

26 August 2020

Newtown Area - Pemberton Terrace

Phase 1 measures: Prohibit the driving of motor vehicles to prevent through traffic movements in the area: Pemberton Terrace, just west of its junction with Panton Street

26 August 2020

Newtown Area - Coronation Street

Phase 1 measures: The one-way flow between St. Eligius Street and Panton Street will be suspended

26 August 2020

Newtown Area - Panton Street

Phase 2 measures
Prohibit the driving of motor vehicles: Panton Street, south of the Coronation Street junction

 tbc

 

Newtown Area - Panton Street

Phase 2 measures
Prohibit the driving of motor vehicles: Panton Street, south of the Saxon Street junction

tbc

 

Newtown Area - Panton Street

Phase 2 measures
The one-way flow in Panton Street between Russell Court and Coronation Street and between Union Road and Saxon Street will be suspended

 tbc

 

Newtown Area - Norwich Street

Phase 2 measures
The one-way flow in Norwich Street will be reversed

 tbc

 

Nightingale Avenue

Prohibit the driving of motor vehicles on a short section immediately adjacent to its junction with Hills Road to prevent through traffic movements

28 August 2020

Carlyle Road, Cambridge

Prohibit the driving of motor vehicles on a short section between Holland Street and Grasmere Gardens to prevent through traffic movements

27 August 2020

 

DEFERRED SCHEMES

It has been agreed with the County Council that the following schemes will be deferred to allow issues arising from earlier engagement to be considered further with key stakeholders to see how they might be mitigated. It is anticipated that these schemes would form part of a second tranche of measures later in the year.

Area

Measure

Reason for deferral

Historic Centre pedestrian zone

Extend core pedestrian zone hours from 6 hours to 8 hours per day (10:00 to 18:00)

Defer to consider further how best to support social distancing whilst balancing this with the need for businesses and colleges to have access for deliveries and servicing.

Burleigh/Fitzroy pedestrian zone

Tightening of the existing access restrictions

Requirement for further barriers for enforcement purposes would be counter to supporting social distancing. Defer scheme and re-evaluate later in the year.

St Andrews Street / Hobson Street area

Prohibit motor vehicles except hackney carriages and buses between 10:00 and 18:00

Issues raised over consistency with current County Council bus gate policy, which could undermine the camera enforcement process. Deferral will give more time to assess other traffic management options for potential implementation in a second tranche

Maids Causeway / Victoria Avenue, Cambridge

Prohibit through traffic movements between Newmarket Road and Mitcham’s Corner Avenue except for buses

Deferred to ensure coordination with the city-bound traffic restriction associated with the GCP Histon Road improvements and other measures being developed by the County Council in the north of the city, including a bus gate on Milton Road and a modal filter on Arbury Road.

Grange Road

Prohibit through traffic movements between Barton Road and Madingley Road

Defer to allow more time to consider concerns raised over the location of the proposed bus gate and the potential impact on essential access trips in the area.

 

COMMENTS, OBJECTIONS, AND CONSULTATION

During the first 6 months of the trial period, the public can lodge objections to any of the experimental measures being made permanent. During this time, the GCP would also welcome other representations or comments on the experimental measures. Representations, comments, and objections can be emailed to contactus@greatercambridge.org.uk

The GCP will be undertaking a formal consultation exercise for all the experimental measures during the first six months of operation when it will seek feedback from a wider range of stakeholders. Details of the public consultation will be made available on the GCP website once plans are finalised. Traffic sensors are to be installed at the experimental sites, during the first 6 months, to record information on traffic movements which will be made available to the public ahead of the public consultation.

COUNTY COUNCIL SCHEMES

For information on the full list of Cambridgeshire County Council measures, visit https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/coronavirus-walking-cycling-schemes

ETRO Consultation Leaflets - November 2020

Experimental TRO explanatory leaflets

Newtown Experimental TRO leaflet
pdf170KB

Published on 10 Aug 2020

Luard Road Experimental TRO leaflet
pdf149KB

Published on 10 Aug 2020

Nightingale Avenue Experimental TRO leaflet
pdf146KB

Published on 10 Aug 2020

Silver Street Experimental TRO leaflet
pdf153KB

Published on 10 Aug 2020

Storeys Way Experimental TRO leaflet
pdf115KB

Published on 10 Aug 2020

Carlyle Road Experimental TRO leaflet
pdf147KB

Published on 10 Aug 2020

Documents - Cambridge Prohibition of Driving (various streets)

Documents - Silver Street bus gate

C2C_Options_Assessment_Report_13.10.2016
pdf1.93MB

Published on 11 Nov 2019

Silver Street bus gate notice FINAL
pdf73KB

Published on 30 Jul 2020

Silver Street bus gate sealed order
pdf86KB

Published on 30 Jul 2020

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