A new road classification for Cambridge

Project details

We are consulting on a new road classification for Cambridge that would change the categorisation of roads in the city, and we want to hear your views to help shape it.

To find out more about the project and to have your say, visit: www.greatercambridge.org.uk/RoadClassification2022

The closing date is midday on Monday 18 July 2022.

A new road classification for the city gives us an opportunity to make a major change to the way that traffic and people use roads and streets to move around the city. Space on the roads could be freed up for more frequent and reliable public transport. It could also create a safer and more attractive environment for people walking, cycling or using other methods of active travel.

It aims to:

  • support improved quality of life
  • help meet the challenges of climate change
  • help to create a sense of place as part of the highway network
  • improve health and wellbeing by providing a nicer environment for physical activity
  • lower air pollution
  • improve access to work, education, leisure and green spaces.

Managing traffic in Cambridge provides an opportunity to develop a clear sense of place, particularly in the city centre, with more pleasant spaces to visit and spend time, cleaner air and a safer environment for all road users.

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What is the Road Classification for Cambridge?

The Executive Board considered the Cambridge Road Network Hierarchy Review (Road Classification) at its meeting on 17 March 2022 and agreed that a consultation should take place. See: GCP Executive Board meeting 17 March 2022

The review of the Road Classification is about the way that people and vehicles move around the city. It will consider how roads and streets are classified based on the type of vehicles and traffic that they are used by in the future.

Some roads act as the main routes into, around and out of the city and, therefore, carry high levels of all types of traffic from lorries, cars and buses to cyclists and pedestrians. Other more minor roads act as routes that provide access to particular areas of the city. They carry less traffic and are used more by cars, cyclists and pedestrians. Some streets in the city centre have restricted access for motor vehicles to better cater for higher levels of walking and cycling. They are different types of roads and have different uses, so are categorised differently.

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