The Greater Cambridge Partnership is creating a package of ‘quick wins’ to improve road safety, reduce congestion and enhance the city region’s cycling network.
Most of these improvements are small-scale projects located within highways boundaries, as
The ‘quick wins’ expected to be delivered by the end of 2020 include resurfacing, junction safety upgrades, new crossing points and more cycle storage at Babraham Road Park & Ride.
The Yarrow Road footpath, between Fulbourn Road and just past the Tesco crossing, has been replaced with a 3.5m wide shared use foot/cycleway; the side road corners have been tightened and crossings improved (including visibility for all users). The Pelican crossing to Tesco’s (west of the Tesco roundabout) has been upgraded to a Toucan crossing for pedestrians and cyclists to use.
This is a route from Stapleford to Sawston which is heavily used by local residents and school children during term time. The path has been sided out, resurfaced and given new edgings to increase the width of the path, improve existing conditions and reduce encroaching vegetation. A small stretch outside Sawston Village College along New Road was also resurfaced to rejuvenate the existing degrading path which is heavily used by school children.
The existing path from Willingham to the busway is of acceptable width. However, some of this width is restricted due to vegetation growth. A process of cutting back the paths vegetation has been completed.
There has also been an improvement of signage along the route to reduce conflict between users passing each other.
The Reynolds Drove byway between Rampton and the existing busway track is a well-used track for commuters, leisure cyclist and walkers and agricultural traffic. As part of the Greenways aim to improve village connections to the busway, resurfacing of the drove is being explored, which will improve the surface for non-motor users and be a starting point for future local connections as developments such as Northstowe take shape in the area.
This existing path along New Road links the villages of Girton and Oakington to the Busway. Some of the path
The existing path between Comberton and Barton is used frequently by commuters and school children attending Comberton Village College. Throughout
A network of solar studs was introduced around the County some years ago. Many of these are coming to the end of their life span. Some of the locations where the studs are being renewed will include Cottenham to Histon, Horningsea to Fen Ditton and Melbourn to Dunsbridge Turnpike.
Several roads have been identified as candidates for improvement. These are roads that would not otherwise be resurfaced imminently by other council teams whose improvement would benefit those using for commute leisure purposes.
Residents of Cottenham and Oakington
Throughout engagement and consultation processes, Fen Ditton Parish Council, together with the Project team, has identified Wadloes Path in Fen Ditton as in need of improvement.
From Monday, 3 June 2019, the Wadloes path between Ditton Meadows and High Street, Fen Ditton will be closed for approximately eight weeks to facilitate improvements to this path.
The temporary 24/7 closure will allow our contractors to widen the Wadloes shared use path to 2.5m. There will be a diversion route via Ditton Lane that will be signposted.
Please note, at the southern end of the Wadloes path, the paths to Howard Road, Ditton Meadows and Ditton Lane will be open as usual. For more information on Ditton Lane improvements, please click here.
Prior to the works, vegetation over-hanging the path will need to be cut back to permit plant and machinery to access the site - but only as far as necessary and as agreed with Fen Ditton Parish Council. The Skanska Environmental Manager will conduct a thorough biodiversity check before the landscape contractors will be allowed to carry out their work.
New path edgings and new stud lighting will be put in as part of the widening works. Benches will be relocated to the back of the widened path.
Compound to be moved
The compound in Fison Road is in the process of being demobilised. Mitigation works will include:
In the autumn, the planting of new trees and bulbs and the reinstatement of the wildflower meadow will take place.
The small office/welfare unit currently at the Fison Road site will be moved to the new compound for the Wadloes path works. The new compound will be located on private land at the northern end of the Wadloes path: it will be much smaller than the one at Fison Road in line with the works involved.
In addition to these initial quick wins, we will be creating and improving even more walking and cycling routes as part of our Greater Cambridge Greenways scheme.
The ‘Greenways’ consist of 12 different
These routes have been developed with help from local residents and cycling user groups. All routes will go through public consultation and ongoing engagement before final designs are created.
You can find more information about the Greenways on their webpage.