Proposals for changing the way roads in Cambridge are used out to consultation

Proposals for changing the way roads in Cambridge are used out to consultation

Published: Monday, May 23, 2022

Ideas for changing the way that roads in Cambridge are classified to influence how people travel around the city by foot, bicycle, car, bus and lorry are out to public consultation.

The Greater Cambridge Partnership today launched an eight-week consultation - called a new road classification for Cambridge - which asks for people’s thoughts on how roads and streets are used in the city.

It forms part of the first review of the road network since the 1980s to ensure it meets the future travel needs of people who live, work, and visit the city.

The review offers the chance to change how people move around the city, including the potential to reallocate more road space from private vehicles to buses and active travel.

The GCP’s ambition is that trips made by cars, vans and lorries would be required to use main roads for as much of the journey as possible to reduce traffic on other roads and streets in the city.

This could mean that some streets, which are currently used as through routes or rat runs at peak times, would no longer be open to through traffic. Access to properties in these streets by private vehicles would still be available but would be made from the closest main road junction.

The GCP Executive Board and Cambridgeshire County Council Highways and Transport Committee will consider the feedback from this consultation and will make recommendations on a new road classification. We anticipate that a further consultation would be held in 2023.

Cllr Elisa Meschini, Chair of the GCP’s Executive Board, said:

“The current road classification has been in place since the 1980s, but the way that people travel has changed in that time. The proposals in this consultation offer the chance to tailor our road network to ensure it meets the needs of people who live, work and visit our growing city region both now and in the future.

“This is an important piece of work within our City Access programme to transform the way in which people travel around Greater Cambridge. The proposals will affect everyone who lives and travels in the city so I’d encourage people to respond to this consultation and help to shape the road network.”

To view the proposals and to have your say visit and complete the online survey by midday on Monday 18 July.

A number of public events – both in person and online – will also be held to enable people to find out more information, ask questions and provide feedback. These will be held on:

  • 15 June online
  • 29 June online
  • 4 July in-person


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