Published: Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Project managers leading major cycling improvements on Hills Road will meet contractors later this week to address the concerns about congestion related to a 24/7 road closure during construction.
Work is due to start next month on the cycleway scheme to provide better and safer journeys for thousands of cyclists and pedestrians who use the key route to access local homes, schools and workplaces, including Addenbrooke’s and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.
The new facilities, funded by the Greater Cambridge City Deal, will include safer crossings at the junction of Hills Road, Long Road and Queen Edith’s Way, along with dedicated raised cycle lanes and two new bus stops.
Project leads are currently looking at the programme duration and method of working. They wish to ensure the works are completed as soon as possible whilst minimising disruption to local residents and road users when full construction gets underway on the Long Road to Addenbrooke’s section in May.
Chair of the City Deal Board, Cllr Lewis Herbert, said: “This scheme will bring real benefits for pedestrians and cyclists, help reduce the impact of extra trips on the road network and provide a safer junction which I know is really important to local residents.
“Road closures and diversions will be a necessity, a closure for five months, which was previously reported, is not set in stone. We know from experience elsewhere that carrying work out over a longer period can in fact create more disruption. I’m confident officers and contractors will work hard to find the right balance.”
As more information emerges, full details on the planned road closure, timescales and diversions will be provided to local residents and published via the City Deal website and social media channels. Information on the Hills Road to Addenbrooke’s Scheme can be found at http://www.gccitydeal.co.uk/cross-city-cycling.
Members of the public are invited to attend a pre-construction information event on the Hills Road scheme on Thursday 26 January from 5.30pm – 7.30pm at St John the Evangelist’s Church on Hills Road.