HIGH DITCH ROAD - TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE
There will be a temporary road closure of High Ditch Road with the junction at Ditton Lane for up to 8 weeks from Monday 14 January. Ditton Lane, Horningsea Road and Fen Ditton High Street will be open as usual. The closure period has been extended due to additional issues with utilities works. The recent cold weather has also delayed some concrete works across the main junction. We apologise for the inconvenience.
Access for pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained. Vehicle access to High Ditch Road will be from Newmarket Road. A letter to raise awareness of the temporary road closure has been sent to residences in Fen Ditton.
The closure will allow the contractors working on the construction of a new cycleway to carry out drainage works and start works on a
This project aims to improve cycling and walking on Ditton Lane and Horningsea Road. A shared-use foot and cycleway will be created between Fison Road and High Ditch Road on the east side of Ditton Lane. Works will also widen the current shared-use foot and cycleway on both sides of High Ditch Road and just north of Fen Ditton Primary School.
This new cycleway links with National Cycle Network 11 and 51 (NCN 11 & NCN 51), which crosses Ditton Lane near Fison Road and then runs parallel to the River Cam and connects the City Centre with East Cambridge.
This route is extensively used by cyclists heading to Newmarket Park & Ride and Marshalls. In the future, the new foot and cycleway is also likely to be used by those travelling to the Wing housing development by Newmarket Road.
Construction works for the scheme will begin in on Tuesday 28 August 2018. The programme of works is due to run until Spring 2019.
Improving walking and cycling links between Abbey and Fen Ditton to Marshalls, Newmarket Park & Ride and the future Wing development
A cycleway on Ditton Lane and Horningsea Road between Fison Road and Fen Ditton Primary School will encourage sustainable journeys to the school. This new route will also connect to the existing cycleway from Horningsea.
Works will include reinforcing the bank and will require the removal of the trees, which are in poor condition on top of the bank, in the area south of the High Street junction. The verge will be enhanced with bulb planting in a joint Parish and Greater Cambridge Partnership enterprise.
Works will also include renewing and replacing the fencing along the kerbline next to the new shared use foot and cycleway.
The works started on 3
Temporary traffic signals will be required during working hours – which will be
The construction of the new shared-use foot/cycleways will involve moving utility services, diverting cables, repairs to the drainage network, and installing new, realigned kerbs.
Works will include:
We apologise for any inconvenience these works cause. If you have
Throughout the planning process, local stakeholders have been updated on the project proposals and timescales.
Information events have also been held for members of the community. Local councillors and Fen Ditton Parish Council meet regularly with the Project Team to discuss all aspects of the cycleway scheme and its delivery.
This cycleway project is currently allocated a budget of around £1m.
The budget will be reviewed as detailed measures are determined.
The scheme is within the highways boundary and as such planning permission is not required.
The main construction of the new cycleway is due to begin in Summer 2018.
Bollards and knee-rail fencing will be extended on the approaches to the school and verge repairs will be undertaken as part of our scheme.
The layby is being removed in order to widen the foot/cycleways on both sides of Horningsea Road. The bus stop and bus shelter will remain however.
3 metre long soil nails will be installed to stabilise the embankment. This is a relatively new ground stabilisation method which requires no foundations and allows for planting and greenery.