Published: Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Projects to significantly boost public transport and improve walking and cycling in Greater Cambridge are under construction.
Work on the Abbey Chesterton Bridge began this month as part of the Chisholm Trail – a new, mainly off-road walking and cycling route connecting Cambridge North and Cambridge Station with the first section completed in 2021.
Hundreds of cyclists are already enjoying better journeys on the new Green End Road project that opened earlier this summer, which provides smoother trips from the junction with Milton Road through to Chesterton High Street.
The Green End Road scheme is one of five Cross City Cycling projects being delivered by the Greater Cambridge Partnership to make it easier for people to get around on their bicycle.
Another Cross City Cycling scheme in Hills Road is also being widely used while the Arbury Road, Fulbourn and Ditton Lane projects are on track to be completed later this year to further enhance the first-class network available to cyclists in Greater Cambridge.
Plans to upgrade walking, cycling and bus priority measures along Milton Road and Histon Road are being finalised, with construction ready to begin on the Histon Road scheme later this year subject to approval from the GCP’s Executive Board.
The Trumpington Park and Ride site is often at full capacity on weekday mornings. The GCP is adding hundreds of additional parking spaces to the site so more people can leave their cars and travel into the city on bicycle and bus.
Planning permission for a new travel hub to the west of M11 junction 11 is expected to be submitted later this year after the GCP’s Executive Board approved the scheme in June. The travel hub aims to intercept thousands of people who drive into the city and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus from the M11 and will encourage more people to complete the ‘last mile’ on foot, bicycle or on bus.
The GCP has also delivered key safety improvements along the A1307 as part of a £14m package of ‘quick wins’ identified for phase one of the Cambridge South East Transport Scheme including a new road lay out near Dalehead Foods.
Construction on an eastbound bus lane on the A1307 between Dalehead Foods and Linton Village College begins on 16 September. Lane one of eastbound carriage way will be closed during the work.
Work on further ‘quick wins’ – which include improvements to the Hildersham High Street junction, signalising in Linton High Street and the completion of the improved cycleway between Pampisford Road and Linton Village College – will begin in early 2020.
Plans for the second phase of the Cambridge South East Transport Scheme include a new travel hub and a dedicated off-road public transport route from the south east to provide quick, reliable and sustainable journeys to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and onwards into the city centre.
An eight week public consultation on phase two of CSETS will begin on Monday 9 September.
Cllr Aidan Van de Weyer, Chair of the GCP’s Executive Board, said:
“Shovels are already in the ground and delivery is now well underway on projects that will help people travel around Greater Cambridge easily and more sustainably.
“We are developing further ambitious projects to transform how we travel around Greater Cambridge which will all link together to form a joined-up transport network, creating better and greener journeys to connect people to homes, jobs, study and opportunity.”