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Work on new city cycle routes to start

Published: Monday, January 16, 2017

Work is set to start on two new city cycle schemes and further extend the cycling network in Cambridge.

A number of community events will take place over the coming weeks giving people the chance to see the plans and talk directly to project officers.

Work begins later this month to improve cycle routes leading to the new Cambridge North Station and Science Park, while improvements to Hills Road and Addenbrooke’s routes are due to start in February or March.

The schemes form part of a wider cross-city cycling project, funded by the Greater Cambridge City Deal, to bridge gaps in the city’s cycle network.

The project consists of five separate schemes in the north, east and south of the city, bridging gaps in the existing network as well as to shops, schools and employment sites.

In June 2016 the City Deal Executive Board agreed to double the funding of the scheme from £4m to £8m, approving the investment needed to further build on the city’s reputation as the UK’s cycling capital. In total, the partnership has committed £20m to enhancing the cycle network in the city and South Cambridgeshire.

With work set to start on the northern scheme on January 30, project officers are holding information and consultation events to keep local residents updated and involved.

Chair of the City Deal Executive Board Cllr Lewis Herbert said: “The City Deal is investing in a transport network to that will support the growth expected in our region. 

“To do this, we need to provide real, sustainable travel options that give people an alternative to driving and this is especially important in the city where road space is at a premium.

“We know good cycling facilities boost the rate of cycling and this scheme will plug gaps in the city’s current network – linking key places and making cycling safer and more attractive.”

Team Leader for cycling projects Mike Davies said: “It is exciting that we are nearing construction on two key schemes and, while works will cause some disruption locally, I’m confident that the safe and high quality cycle routes will be welcomed when it’s completed.

We will be working to minimise impact on the local community throughout and ensure people affected are informed and updated. We look forward to meeting and speaking with people at our information events this month.”

“Details of any road closures will be published in due course and I would encourage members of the public to read through the information we are publishing and take the opportunity to learn more by speaking with our team members at our information events.”

The five cross city cycling projects are:

  • Arbury Road;
  • Links to Cambridge North Rail Station and the Science Park;
  • Ditton Lane and links to East Cambridge;
  • Hills Road and Addenbrooke’s Route;
  • Fulbourn/Cherry Hinton Eastern Access.

Details of construction dates, information events and works for the first two are:

Cambridge North Rail Station and the Science Park:

  • Works on Phase 1 of the scheme (Green End Road) begin on 30th January after consultation with the public and stakeholders.
  • consultation event will take place later this month involving a letter drop to residents of Nuffield Road explaining some small changes to the scheme consulted on last year and asking for any comments on the changes.
  • An event will also be held on Tuesday 31 January from 6.15pm – 8:15pm at Shirley Primary School. Project officers will be available to answer questions and members of the public can look at drawings and images of what the scheme might look like.  The results from this consultation will feed into the final design which is due for construction after Easter.

Hills Road & Addenbrooke’s scheme:

  • Work is due to start in late February / early March.
  • Two events will be held for people to find out more about the scheme and to look at detailed drawings. One will be held on Tuesday 17 January from 12-2pm at Addenbrooke’s Concourse, the second will be held on Thursday 26 January from 5.30pm – 7.30pm at St John the Evangelist’s Church, Hills Road.
  • Construction will begin at the Hills Road / Long Road junction and traffic management including temporary traffic lights will be in place between 9.30am and 3.30pm each day.
  • In early May, main construction will begin and will be carried out under a 24 hour road closure. There will be a diversion route via Queen Edith’s Way and Fendon Road, which will be signposted. Emergency vehicles and a number of buses will be permitted through the closure.

More information is available on the project's webpage