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P R O J E C T  S U M M A R Y

The Fulbourn and Cherry Hinton route aims to improve cycling from the Robin Hood junction in Cherry Hinton to Yarrow Road in Fulbourn. 

Adjacent to Fulbourn and Cherry Hinton Road is international headquarters of one of the UK’s leading exporters, ARM. They create microprocessors found in billions of devices worldwide and are set to expand their site.

In addition to this, planning for nearby housing developments are set to increase the size of the local population. This means the immediate transport network will see a marked increase in usage.

Building a better environment for walking and cycling can facilitate smarter travel choices, helping to ease the burden on the local transport infrastructure. Improving the cycling provision on  Fulbourn Road and in the local area would create a more comprehensive cycle network in East Cambridge. 

Creating a more comprehensive walking and cycling network in the east Cambridge area

D E T A I L S  &  U P D A T E

Following consultation, approval was given to construct the new cycleway by the GCP Executive Board in June 2016. Construction will begin in the autumn, and prior to construction, preparatory works will need to be carried out.

  • From late August, Cambridge Water will be carrying out minor diversion works outside NO.s 15 to 49 Fulbourn Road. At times, there will be a need for temporary footway diversions. 
  • From the end of September, a landscape contractor will be removing some trees and hedges and planting replacement trees and hedges. 

As part of the works and in order to create space for high quality cycleways, the kerblines on both sides of Fulbourn Road will need to be taken up and re-laid. This will have an impact on trees, verges and hedges; however the overall number of trees will increase. 

The shared path on the north side of Fulbourn Road will also be made wider from 3.0 to 3.5m. 

We have worked closely with local councillors and the City Council's Landscape Architects on these changes and it is hoped that the improved walking and cycling provision, together with new planting will greatly improve the area and provide benefits to local residents. 


The Project Team is working closely with stakeholders including local Councillors and community representatives on various aspects of the scheme including the look and feel of the area.

Additional road space is required to make room for the new cycle lanes. Overgrown hedges will be cut back to recover highway space as well as the removal of some trees and a section of hedging.

We will be planting new trees and a section of mature hedge. Officers are liaising with City Council landscape architects regarding the type of  trees and hedging.

The final designs will be made available later in Summer 2017.

 Going forward:

  • Officers are engaging with Councillors, local residents and community representatives over the next few months.
  • The final design is currently being developed and a Road Safety Audit has been undertaken.
  • Works are anticipated to start in Autumn 2017 and are due to be completed by late 2018.

No cycling provision currently on the approach to Robin Hood Junction

P U B L I C  E N G A G E M E N T

The Fulbourn Road/Cherry Hinton Access cycling scheme went through a public consultation process in which project officers took into account views from local residents and councillors. 

Residents, councillors and resident associations will be receiving correspondence detailing preparatory works and project timescales. 


The Fulbourn/Cherry Hinton Eastern Access project is currently allocated a budget of around £1.6m.

The budget will be reviewed as detailed measures are determined.

Frequently asked questions

No, all works will take place within the highways boundary and as such planning permission is not required.

A. Where there is an existing surface water issue caused by footpath backfalls onto private property, Aco drains will be installed across driveways at the highway boundary. The designer will ensure that surface water on the road, cycle lane and footpath drains into the drainage system.

A. Markings and signage will make it very clear which route cyclists should take and which sections are footway only. There will be a sign, for instance, indicating to westbound cyclists, who wish to go to Cherry Hinton High Street from the end of the shared-use path, that they can choose to go via Headington Drive, The Orchards and Gladstone Way.
Once the Robin Hood junction improvement works are complete, cyclist and pedestrian movements across the junction will be safer and easier.

A. Following the pipe diversion work by Anglian Water, the designer will look to see whether, within reason, any of the new trees can be placed in alternative locations. The City Council is keen to retain trees along this stretch of Fulbourn Road, as are we. The contract with the landscape contractor ensures the new trees will be watered for a year.

A. All existing dropped kerbs will be maintained. Residents can apply to the County Council’s Local Highways for the installation of a dropped kerb and tarmacked access to allow them vehicular access over the public highway to a parking space on their private property. The process is not intended to allow parking on the public highway.

A. No. The double yellow lines currently in place will be extended to cover the whole of the Robin Hood – Leete Road crossing section of Fulbourn Road. Loading and unloading will be permitted, but not parking.

A. The speed limit on Fulbourn Road would have been considered in Cambridge City Council’s 20mph zones project – as a general rule, A and B roads were not included. As part of the cycleway scheme the 30mph speed limit will be moved further out, ie. to the east of the entrance to Peterhouse Technology Park. The cycleway scheme will narrow the carriageway both visually and in reality – this should help to reduce vehicle speeds.

A. The City Council will be approached about the provision of a new litter bin.

A. A crossing is beyond the remit of the cycleway scheme – if residents wish to look into the possibility of a crossing, they should approach their local councillors; one option is to submit a request for funding to the Local Highways Initative (LHI). More information is available at this link:

A. In the new scheme, the depth of the layby will be between 5.5 - 6 metres which should allow most drivers to reverse sufficiently to be able to see along the carriageway.

A. The Project Team have said that wherever a dropped kerb currently exists, it will be reinstated as part of the scheme. The levels of the footway and adjoining properties will also be maintained as they are now.

A. The Project Team is looking again at the design of the scheme to see whether 2 or 3 further spaces can be achieved at either end of the layby. Generally, a greater number of parking spaces is achieved when a parking area has designated bays.
Of the 36 properties on the north side of Fulbourn Road, there are only 14 houses that do not have parking either in a front or back garden, driveway or garage. Nonetheless it is obvious there is pressure on the layby spaces which a residents’ parking scheme would help to alleviate. The Team has looked into the process and found out that the application for a residents’ parking scheme has to be initiated by local councillors. Unfortunately it is clear that the current timescales for the County Council’s Residents’ Parking programme mean that the earliest a residents’ parking scheme would be in place is 2019 or 2020. If residents would like to go ahead with the application, they should be aware of the costs each household would be required to pay for use of the layby: residents’ permits currently cost £52 a year (£26 a year for motorbikes); visitors’ permits cost £8 a permit. Local councillors are keen to hear your views on this matter.

A. The Cross City Cycling consultation took place in January and February 2016; it involved a leaflet drop to thousands of residents, 7 local consultation events and promotion through the GCP website, media and social media. Here is a link to the website:
78% of respondents supported all five of the Cross City Cycling projects. The Greater Cambridge Partnership Board approved construction of the Fulbourn Road cycleway scheme in June 2016. The Project Team and Designer then spent many months working on the detailed design – we met local councillors several times to keep them updated and get their feedback. In August 2017 a letter was sent to a wide area of Cherry Hinton, including Fulbourn Road, with details on the cycleway scheme and forthcoming utilities and landscaping works.
Cambridge Water will now be starting diversion works towards the end of September.


pdf XCC Fulbourn Road Project Brief 05.11.2015

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pdf East of Robin Hood junction

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pdf Leete Road crossing

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pdf Peterhouse Technology Park

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pdf West of Yarrow Road

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pdf Fulbourn Landscape Planting Plan - Sheet 1 2

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pdf Fulbourn Landscape Planting Plan - Sheet 2 2

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