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P R O J E C T  S U M M A R Y

A main artery in to and out of Cambridge, Hills Road is a key route that thousands of cyclists and pedestrians use to access local homes, schools and workplaces, including Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

This project has equipped the highway infrastructure on Hills Road to better accommodate a larger number of cyclists and pedestrians. It has done this by improving crossing points at major junctions and better distinguished areas for motorised and non-motorised traffic.

Map and diagram showing the project intervetnions
Fingerpost street signage, directing cyclists towards Cambridge Railway Station, Abbye/Chesteron/Kings Hedges, and the City Centre

The route includes:

  • Safer crossings at the junction of Hills Road, Long Road and Queen Edith’s Way and dedicated raised cycle lanes as well as two new bus stops.

The final design includes:

  • Two ‘floating’ bus stops, with lead-in cycle lanes on the approaches to the junction and a 9m deep advanced stop box for outbound cyclists will be created.
  • The outbound lead-in lane will be located between the two traffic lanes in order to help the majority of cyclists reach the middle and right side of the advanced stop box and then make the diagonal movement to the west side of Hills Road (south of the junction) or the right turn into Long Road.
P U B L I C  E N G A G E M E N T

Throughout the planning process, local residents have been updated on traffic management measures and project timescales.

During the works, a local stakeholder group met regularly with the Project Team and contractors to discuss all aspects of the cycleway scheme and its delivery


The Cross City Cycling scheme was awarded £8m of City Deal funding to complete all 5 projects.

Frequently asked questions

Hills Road is a key route into Cambridge, including to and from expanding employment and healthcare services at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.
The scheme will provide further safe and segregated cycle routes along Hills Road, new floating bus stops as well as a new Toucan crossing on Hills Road at the Addenbrooke’s roundabout.
The aim is to make cycling and walking safer and an alternative to the private vehicle whilst contributing to easing congestion in one of the busiest parts of the city.

The works include the removal of kerbs and roadside verges, the diversion of utilities and the construction of new raised cycle lanes (with the Cambridge kerb), new footways, a new floating bus stop and Toucan crossing.

People travelling to Addenbrooke’s from the city on foot will be able to use the closed section of Hills Road to walk to the hospital site.

Outbound cyclists heading to CBC should use either Adrian Way, Robinson Way or the shared-use path in between that leads to Puddicombe Way.

Alternatively they could turn off Hills Road before the Long Road junction and approach the hospital site via Luard Road and Sedley Taylor Road.

At the beginning of the closure, the shared-use foot/cycle way on the west side of Hills Road will remain in place whilst construction progresses on the opposite side of the road. In late July, when the works move over to the west side of the road, the shared-use facility will not be usable until construction is completed on that side.

The bus stop between Long Road and the Addenbrooke’s roundabout will be closed - outbound bus commuters can use the bus station at Addenbrooke’s hospital.
Outbound buses will follow the diversion via Queen Edith’s Way.
City-bound bus routes will be unaffected.

Residents living along the road closure section will have pedestrian and vehicle access to their homes at all times. We are still working with the contractor on the fine details and will be contacting local residents shortly with detailed information.

The road closure will be in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


  • City-bound traffic – lane will be open through the works
  • Outbound traffic – will be diverted along Queen Edith’s Way, down Fendon Road and back to the Addenbrooke’s roundabout
  • Access to Addenbrooke’s hospital – coming out of the city, Addenbrooke’s patients and visitors will need to follow the diversion or they can choose to go via Long Road and Adrian Way or Robinson Way
  • Roadworks information – will be displayed on signs on the approaches to the road closure and live information will be available at  


  • The one lane road closure will be in place until Thursday, September 7. This is slightly later than estimated but will allow contractors to complete the work more quickly. 
  • After this, the traffic management will be replaced by temporary traffic lights that will run up until 11 September.
  • These traffic lights will only then be in place on some evenings and weekends running up until 22 September. 

Contractors will be off site after 22 September.


XCC Hills Road Detailed Drawing 12.01.2017

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XCC Hills Road Detailed Drawing Option A 06.01.2016

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XCC Hills Road Detailed Drawing Option B 06.01.2016

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XCC Hills Road Project Brief 05.11.2015

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