Still time to shape how Cambridge’s roads are used in consultation

Published 29 June 2022

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Still time to shape how Cambridge’s roads are used in consultation

There is still time for people to have their say on ideas to change the way that roads in Cambridge are used by people travelling on foot, bicycle, car, bus and lorry.

The Greater Cambridge Partnership has reached the halfway point of an eight-week consultation - called a new road classification for Cambridge - which asks people for their thoughts on how roads and streets in the city are classified and how they are used.

It is 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 Cambridge. It offers the chance to change how people move around, including the potential to reallocate road space from private vehicles to buses and active travel.

The consultation sets out the GCP’s ambition for trips made by cars, vans, and lorries 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 at peak times, would no longer be open to through traffic. Access by private vehicles to houses and businesses in these streets would still be available but people would need to travel in from the closest main road. It could also mean more space for cycling, walking and the public environment.

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

“The ideas outlined in this consultation would affect everyone who travels around our city and so it’s vitally important that people share their views before the consultation closes on 18 July.

“The current road classification has been in place since the 1980s but our city has grown and continues to expand, and the way people travel has also changed in that time.

“This consultation offers us the chance to review and then tailor our road network to ensure it meets the needs of people who live and visit our growing city both now and in the future.”

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.

Visit to view the proposals and to complete the online survey by midday on Monday 18 July.