Published: Friday, April 28, 2017
Construction began in January on the Hills Road cycleway which is set 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 the hospital and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC).
The new facilities, funded by the Greater Cambridge City Deal, will include safer crossings at Addenbrooke’s roundabout and the junction of Hills Road, Long Road and Queen Edith’s Way, and two new bus stops, along with nearly 700m of dedicated inbound and outbound raised cycle lanes.
The next phase of works is due to begin in June and will include a road closure between Long Road and the Addenbrooke’s roundabout for outbound traffic only, with a short diversion via Queen Edith’s Way and Fendon Road. The city-bound lane will remain open to general traffic throughout the works.
Permanent traffic lights will replace the temporary traffic lights that are currently in operation at Hills Road/Long Road in June, which will ensure the traffic is managed more efficiently and effectively during the road closure.
Motorists are asked not to drive through the Cambridge Biomedical Campus to divert through the road closure as this could impede access for emergency vehicles.
Pedestrian access to CBC will be largely unaffected and a decision will be made shortly on cyclist access, who otherwise have a range of alternative routes.
The works are estimated to take around 14 weeks to complete with contractors on site six days per week (Monday-Saturday) to ensure that construction is completed as quickly as possible.
Local households are being updated with details of the plans and road-side signage will be in operation to provide information and advance warning to road users.
Mike Davies, Team Leader for City Deal Cycling Projects said: “This is an area of road that is extremely busy for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. The improvements underway will make walking and cycling journeys far safer and more enjoyable, and we hope that this will encourage others to consider walking or cycling, reducing the amount of traffic on the roads in this growing part of the city.
“We have worked closely with our contractor, bus operators and ambulance services, over a number of months to plan a programme of works that will be completed as soon as possible.
“The outbound road closure is essential to allow this to happen in the quickest, safest possible way, and we will ensure that we keep local residents and road users fully informed throughout.”
Further information on the start date of the next phase of works and the implementation of the road closure will be released soon.
Full information on the Hills Road to Addenbrooke’s Scheme can be found at http://www.gccitydeal.co.uk/cross-city-cycling.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the benefits of this scheme?
Hills Road is a key route into Cambridge, including to and from expanding employment and healthcare services at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.
The scheme will provide further safe and segregated cycle routes along Hills Road, new floating bus stops as well as a new Toucan crossing on Hills Road at the Addenbrooke’s roundabout.
The aim is to make cycling and walking safer and an alternative to the private vehicle whilst contributing to easing congestion in one of the busiest parts of the city.
What works are being carried out for 14 weeks?
The works include the removal of kerbs and roadside verges, the diversion of utilities and the construction of new raised cycle lanes (with the Cambridge kerb), new footways, a new floating bus stop and Toucan crossing.
Will this affect pedestrian access?
People travelling to Addenbrooke’s from the city on foot will be able to use the closed section of Hills Road to walk to the hospital site.
Will this affect cyclist access?
Outbound cyclists heading to CBC should use either Adrian Way, Robinson Way or the shared-use path inbetween that leads to Puddicombe Way.
Alternatively they could turn off Hills Road before the Long Road junction and approach the hospital site via Luard Road and Sedley Taylor Road.
A decision will be made shortly on cyclist access through the works.
How will buses be affected?
The bus stop between Long Road and the Addenbrooke’s roundabout will be closed - outbound bus commuters can use the bus station at Addenbrooke’s hospital.
Outbound buses will follow the diversion via Queen Edith’s Way.
City-bound bus routes will be unaffected.
How will local residents access their homes?
Residents living along the road closure section will have pedestrian and vehicle access to their homes at all times. We are still working with the contractor on the fine details and will be contacting local residents shortly with detailed information.
How long will the work be taking place for?
The construction works will take place 6 days a week (excluding Sundays) for 14 weeks from June, start date to be confirmed. The outbound lane will have a 24/7 closure.