Project Summary

The Madingley Road project will improve walking and cycling along this key route into the city.

The Greater Cambridge Partnership consulted on potential improvements for walking and cycling along Madingley Road. The consultation closed at midday on Monday 2 March 2020.

You can still find the consultation details on our ConsultCambs platform, for information.

Pre-Consultation engagement:

In order to help develop options, in early summer 2019 we asked local residents, workers and regular users of Madingley Road to give us their views online on what needs improving in order to make walking and cycling along the route more attractive. The report on this online pre-consultation engagement is available in the documents section below.

In addition to gathering input online, we also engaged in person with key stakeholders including Councillors and representatives from Residents’ Associations and local workplaces.


A design process is underway, but the option that was preferred in the 2020 consultation, and approved by the GCP Executive Board included a two-way cycleway on the north side of the road and a one-way cycleway on the south side. Cycleways are mostly segregated from general traffic by a landscaping strip between the carriageway and cycleway. New crossings have also been included in this option for pedestrians and cyclists. Parts of this option require us to obtain access to some land from third parties to enable construction and would be subject to land negotiations. 


The length of Madingley Road, from the Park and Ride site, down to Northampton Street/Queen's Road


We have almost completed the preliminary design and modelling phase of the scheme and engaged with stakeholders on the amended designs in spring 2024.


GCP has continued to work with Milestone (formerly Skanska) on the preliminary design of the Madingley Road scheme. 


Madingley Road was previously considered as a potential route to improve bus capacity as part of the Cambourne to Cambridge scheme. However, traffic modelling has suggested that there would be limited benefit for public transport along this part of the route into the city from the west.

In December 2018, the GCP Executive Board formally separated Madingley Road from the Cambourne to Cambridge project and instructed officers to look into improving walking and cycling along the road.

Key benefits:

  • Create clear, dedicated cycling and walking routes from Northampton Street roundabout to the Park & Ride site
  • Redesign junctions along the road to improve access for those travelling on foot or by bike
  • Improve the look and feel of the street with additional landscaping including more trees and planting
  • Increase access to the West Cambridge site and Eddington
  • Aid future economic growth in the city


Published 04 Aug 2023
Madingley Road 2020 consultation report

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Published 12 Sep 2021

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Published 04 Aug 2021
8a-Madingley Road-final

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Published 04 Aug 2021
8b-Madingley Road-final-Appendix 1

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Published 04 Aug 2021
8c-Madingley Road-final-Appendix 2

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Published 04 Aug 2021
8d-Madingley Road-final-Appendix 3

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