A1307 junction safety works begin today.Published: Monday, February 14, 2022
Construction to enhance safety at a busy junction on the A1307 will begin today.
The Greater Cambridge Partnership will begin work to upgrade the Hildersham Crossroads to provide smoother and safer journeys for all road users.
The work – which is expected to take six months – is the latest in a series of improvements to the A1307 delivered as part of phase one of the GCP’s Cambridge South East Transport (CSET) project.
The improvements to the crossroads include:
- New traffic signals at Pampisford Road and on the A1307 to improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.
- New active travel paths alongside the A1307 between Hildersham and the Abingtons.
- Lighting to improve road safety at the junction at night.
- The creation of new right-turn lanes from the A1307 into Pampisford Road and Hildersham High Street.
- Upgrade to the left-turn from the A1307 to Hildersham High Street.
- A 40mph speed limit will be introduced to control traffic speed and improve safety along the A1307 in the area of the new signalised junction.
- New bus shelters and road signage will be added.
- The junction will be resurfaced and new road markings painted. The GCP is in discussions with Cambridgeshire County Council about improving the road surfacing in the wider area at the same time to save on costs and further maintenance works in the future.
To enable the work to be carried out safely a number of traffic management measures will be introduced, including:
- Narrower lanes and a 30mph speed limit on the A1307.
- Temporary traffic signals during off-peak periods (9.30am - 3.30pm).
- The existing slip road into Hildersham High Street from the A1307 will be permanently closed to motorists and dedicated for active travel use only. This will not be introduced until the new left-turn from the A1307 into Hildersham High Street has been created.
- The resurfacing and road marking works will take place overnight using traffic lights, potential road closures and signposted diversion routes.
- Cyclists and pedestrians will be able use the paths alongside the A1307. Some temporary restrictions might be needed to carry out specific works such as utility diversion works.
The GCP has delivered important safety improvements and upgrades to walking, cycling and bus journeys along the A1307 in the last year as part of the CSET scheme.
This includes enhancements between the end of the A1307 dual carriageway at Magog Farm Barns to the Copley Hill Business Park last summer.
The GCP installed variable speed cameras from Linton to Horseheath and delivered improvements on the A1307 Granham’s Road junction, with a new dedicated right-turn lane and improved visibility for road users.
Work resumed on the Linton Greenway route in January to further boost and enhance walking, cycling and equestrian journeys.
Cllr Elisa Meschini, Chair of the GCP’s Executive Board, said:
“I am pleased to see the progress we continue to make to deliver safer journeys for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists along the A1307.
“We apologise for any inconvenience this work may cause but these improvements will significantly improve people’s journeys at the Hildersham Crossroads and will form part of the Linton Greenway to encourage more people to travel around more sustainably.”